Stipe Miocic knows he is in a very similar situation to that of Fabricio Werdum earlier this year.
Miocic entered Brazil and stunned the fans, along with Werdum, knocking the then-UFC champion down and winning the heavyweight belt.
This Saturday night, Miocic (15-2) defends his title for the first time in his home-state of Ohio at UFC 203 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
But the 34-year-old is already focused in on the task at hand and not the “extra” outside issues.
“It’s business,” said Miocic following open workouts earlier this week. “I’m going to go out there and do my job. I’ve trained super hard. I’ve trained too hard to go out there and give it up.
“I don’t want to give anything up. I’ve worked too hard to get this title.”
Miocic left Werdum and company in utter shock when he knocked him out inside of the first round. He has won three straight – all via finish – since a 2014 loss to former champion Junior dos Santos.