Stipe Miocic pulled off a shocking victory when he defeated Fabricio Werdum by knockout in the first round of the main event at UFC 198 to win the UFC heavyweight championship. He was obviously excited about the victory as the Cleveland native proclaimed he was bringing a championship home.
This is the first time the city of Cleveland can claim a championship in any sport in over 50 years. He returned to his hometown on Monday and he could barely get off the plane before people were clamoring to shake his hand, hug him, and take a picture with him.
Stipe Miocic spoke with WYKC Channel 3 in Cleveland and said that he knows how big his championship victory is for his hometown, but he was also taken back at the support of the fans he received.
“It’s kind of overwhelming a little bit,” Miocic said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s kind of sinking in now. Everyone coming here, cheering me on. It just means so much to me.
“I just wanted to come in and thank everyone before being so supportive. I love Cleveland. 216 all day.”
He said that his hometown “needed” for him to bring a championship back, but he is now focused on cheering the Cleveland Cavaliers through the rest of the playoffs as they look to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in team history and then the more unlikely situations of the Indians and Browns winning championships this year.
“We needed it,” Miocic said. “We needed something to start it. Now the Cavs are going to do it, the Indians are going to do it and the Browns are going to do it. It’s going to be a chain of events going on.”
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