Stipe Miocic has the chance to become a legend in regards to the UFC heavyweight division.
Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum all came before him.
But by the time Miocic hangs the gloves up, the Ohio firefighter just might be the best of them all.
For Miocic to continue on that path, he’ll need to take care of Daniel Cormier this Saturday night at UFC 226.
A quick look at Miocic’s resume boasts some pretty impressive numbers:
Most UFC heavyweight champion defenses at three (which is tied with Couture and Tim Sylvia)
Most consecutive UFC heavyweight championship defenses at three
Most strikes landed in a fight with 361 vs. Mark Hunt
Four “Performance of the Night” bonuses and three “Fight of the Night” honors
And, if you believe in those kind of things, Fight Matrix also calls Miocic the Lineal MMA heavyweight champion.
After stunning Werdum in 2016 for the title – in Brazil no less – Miocic went on to defend the belt vs. Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou. The wins vs. Overeem and JDS both came via finish, with the former NCAA Div. I wrestler going the full 25 minutes in dispatching of Ngannou.
A member of the Strong Style Fight Team out of Independence, Ohio, Miocic is a fighter anybody can like. He doesn’t get in trouble. He comes from the heart of the U.S. He doesn’t look like an over-grown muscle-freak. He still works as a firefighter by day – and night.
Miocic will put his belt and his six-fight win streak on the line vs. the reigning light heavyweight champion – and a former unbeaten heavyweight fighter – in Cormier, this weekend.
When it is all said and done, regardless of how many more title defenses he makes, Miocic will definitely go up on the wall as an all-time great fighter and an all-time great person.