Stipe Miocic: I Belong in the Heavyweight Top 10


Heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Roy Nelson were a late pairing at UFC 161, with Nelson being a big favorite (-250). However, Miocic took a clear decision, landing an unprecedented number of strikes on the durable Nelson.

Miocic was coming off a loss to Stefan Struve in September of 2012, but that was his first loss as an amateur or a pro, and his confidence is entirely unshaken, as expressed in an interview with FOX sports after the fight.

“I caught him a few times. I think I wobbled him in the beginning, and I knew I belonged here,” said Miocic. “He caught me with one good punch, but I felt fine. I knew exactly what was going on, so i just spun around and was good to go.”

“I was being smart. I knew he was going to go for the kill. I was up two rounds to none, so I knew he was going to come take my head off."

“I had a fall last time, but it’s okay. It was a little trip. No big deal. I think everyone [changes their mindset], after their first loss, or any kind of loss - 'don’t [try to] live up to the hype... just fight.'"

“I know how good I am. I know I can do in this division. I believe I belong in the top 10, and I showed it tonight.”

The official UFC fighter rankings for heavyweight do not reflect Saturday's fights:
Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Junior dos Santos
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Antonio Silva
5. Roy Nelson
6. Alistair Overeem
7. Frank Mir
8. Travis Browne
9. Mark Hunt
10. Minotauro Nogueira

Where do you see Miocic in the rankings now?

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JetSetter site profile image  

6/17/13 11:02 PM by JetSetter

Hunt and Nog have no business in the top 10

philipee32 site profile image  

6/17/13 10:16 PM by philipee32

Stipe #7 or #8. Stipe vs bigfoot. Big country vs bigfoot? Yeah he lost so give him better fight. Bigcountry should fight matt mittrione or the loser or brown vs overeem, or shawn jordan, or struve test that chin

IAmNotImpressedbyYourStocktonSlap site profile image  

6/17/13 4:54 PM by IAmNotImpressedbyYourStocktonSlap

UFC 170: Big Bellies, Big Foots, Big Stakes.

Jack Carter site profile image  

6/17/13 4:31 PM by Jack Carter


minotauro11 site profile image  

6/17/13 4:13 PM by minotauro11

I want Stipe vs Werdum to decide the real number one contender while we wait for the JDS/Cain rubber match. I would like to see DC/Stipe as well. I would pick Miocic in that fight but if Cormier won it would spoil a contender right before DC drops to light heavyweight. If they resign Roy they should do Big Country vs Big Foot.

NAAFS site profile image  

6/17/13 4:02 PM by NAAFS

Good post. Miocic is also 10-1 now. He's never going to be the same fighter after the struve loss. Your never going to here excuses from him but he definitely wasn't himself going in that fight. We got to see the real Stipe Saturday night

Jaybrone site profile image  

6/17/13 3:46 PM by Jaybrone

1. Junior dos Santos 2. Daniel Cormier 3. Fabricio Werdum 4. Antonio Silva 5. Roy Nelson 6. Alistair Overeem 7. Frank Mir 8. Travis Browne 9. Mark Hunt 10. Minotauro Nogueira The HW division is in a weird spot right now.  Werdum JDS Browne and DC are the only ones in the top 10 who won their last fight. Leaving Nelson, Reem, Bigfoot,  Mir, Hunt, and Nog as victims of pretty one sided beat downs in their last fights. A guy like Miocic who is 9-1 coming off a win over a top 5 guy (highly overrated imo) in Nelson has a pretty good case to make. His lone loss is to a respectable Stefan Struve who was top 10 before Hunt broke his jaw.

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6/16/13 8:59 PM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama


OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

6/16/13 8:54 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

Heavyweight is really thin. He's top 10 imo but it doesn't take a ton to get there. With how thin it is I think there's a solid chance he fights Werdum next, as he needs an opponent if JDS is fighting Cain again.

Malvert the Janitor site profile image  

6/16/13 8:42 PM by Malvert the Janitor

Heavyweight is getting thin...there can't be ten other guys ahead of him. Right?