Stipe Miocic is one of the most revered fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is considered in some circles to be the best heavyweight fighter who has ever fought in the UFC. This opinion is supported by the fact that he holds the record of the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history.
Since things went well for Stipe inside the octagon, it seems that he has been doing just as well outside the octagon, with the stunning beauty he calls his wife. We discuss who Stipe Miocic is, his income, his famous fights, his beautiful wife, and other facts.
Stipe Miocic Bio
The story of Stipe is that of the son of a migrant who made it to the land of the free. Stipe Miocic was born of his parents, Kathy and Bojan Miocic. His parents were both immigrants from Croatia – his mother from Cetingrad and his father from Rtina.
He was born on August 19, 1982, in Euclid, Ohio. While attending Eastlake North High School, Miocic played a variety of different sports, including baseball, soccer, and even wrestling. When college changed, Miocic attended Cleveland State University, majoring in marketing and communications. He later moved to Trevecca Nazarene University where he earned a degree in Communications.
During his time at both colleges, however, he was the target of several major league baseball teams. In the senior national team, he beat .344 with seven home runs while helping his team, the Trojans, winning the 2005 Trans-South Atlantic Conference. He graduated from the University of Trevecca Nazarene.
One might have thought that Stipe would enter the world of sports at some point in his life, as he played various sports during his formative days. While he trained in both wrestling and baseball, Miocic was a training partner for Dan Bobish at the Strong Style MMA Training Centre, Independence, Ohio. He was initiated into mixed martial arts but switched to boxing where he was seen beating up boxers who had much more experience than he did, as he had only been training for a few months.
In boxing, Miocic became the Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion and NCAA Division I, wrestler, at Cleveland State, and then returned to the MMA where he won his first six fights, all by knockout.
The fighting record of Stipe Miocic is an interesting read because he is truly a force to be reckoned with in the UFC. In his professional fighting career, Miocic has fought a total of 21 fights, won 18 of them, and lost 3. Of his 18 wins, 13 were by knockout, 4 by unanimous decision, and 1 by submission. Of his 3 defeats, 2 were by knockout and 1 by unanimous decision.
On June 14, 2011, an all-out deal between Miocic and the UFC was announced. His debut for the UFC took place on October 8, 2011, against Joey Beltran. Miocic won the fight by unanimous decision. From then on, Miocic found himself in a series of fights, most of which included victories, on his way to compete in the UFC heavyweight championship.
On May 14, 2016, he took on then-champion Fabricio Werdum in the UFC 198. He defeated Werdum to win the title, giving him his first defeat since June 2011. Miocic then defended the title in three consecutive defenses against Alistair Overeem in UFC 203, then against Junior Dos Santos in UFC 211, and then against Francis Ngannou in UFC 220. During the build-up to this fight, Miocic openly felt disregarded as he never received the same encouragement and support as Ngannou from the UFC.
Stipe Miocic, however, won all three fights, establishing the longest title reign in UFC history. This term ended with the defeat of UFC champion Daniel Cormier in the light heavyweight UFC 226 on July 7, 2018. With all these fights and the various perks they brought with them, Miocic was able to accumulate a net worth of around $15 million.
Since things were obviously going well within the octagon, Miocic spiced things up by marrying Ryan Marie Carney on June 18, 2016, and the couple got married in Kirtland, Ohio, at Divine Word Catholic Church. In January 2018, Miocic announced that they were expecting a child. On July 24, 2018, Meelah Claire, their daughter, was born.
Other Facts About Stipe Miocic
- Interestingly, in addition to his job as a martial artist, Miocic also works as a part-time paramedic for the fire department in Oakwood and Valley View, Ohio.
- He was the one who broke the 52-year-old Cleveland championship curse before Lebron and the Cavaliers followed suit.
- The legendary martial artist Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic is his hero.
- When he came to the UFC, he was undefeated.