Born in Euclid, Ohio, Miocic was gifted in athletics from a young age. Miocic participated in wrestling, baseball, and football, taking part in the former two sports at Cleveland State. While he received interest from MLB teams, Miocic, who also became a Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion, chose to pursue an MMA career.
Miocic made his professional MMA debut on February 20, 2010, winning via TKO in 17 seconds. After six straight wins, Miocic was signed to the UFC, debuting at UFC 136 in October 2011 and defeating Joey Beltran via decision. After winning eight of his first 10 UFC bouts, Miocic received a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 198 against Fabricio Werdum.
In front of Werdum’s home country of Brazil, Miocic delivered a first-round knockout to win the title. He has since made two successful title defenses, against Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos. Miocic is just one of a handful of UFC heavyweights to make two successful title defenses.
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