Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic was in all his glory earlier this afternoon in Cleveland during his beloved Cavaliers’ championship parade. In fact, Miocic was given the privilege of leading the parade, which traveled through the streets of downtown C-Town in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans.
While the overwhelming majority of the mainstream sports media raved about how the Cavaliers were the first major sports world champion for Cleveland in 52 years when they conquered the favored Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, many within the MMA community crowd foul because Miocic, a Cleveland native, captured arguably the most prestigious world title in the sport in May when he knocked out Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198.
It was a fitting gesture from the cavaliers to grant Miocic the honor of leading the parade. Just moments before he climbed into the Octagon to take on then-champ Werdum in Brazil, the Cavs, Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team and the NFL’s Cleveland Browns wished the fighter good luck. He went out and flattened the local fighter in under three minutes.
Miocic is slated to defend his title for the first time at UFC 203 when he takes on Alistair Overeem. The showdown will anchor the event, which goes down in Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cavs.