Former Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic Sworn In As Firefighter

Stipe Miocic has taken a full-time oath in another career.

Miocic, the former UFC heavyweight champion, was sworn in as a full-time firefighter to the Westlake Fire Department on Tuesday.

Miocic previously worked for the Valley View Fire Department for years as a part-time firefighter while also competing in the UFC. After the ceremony, he now works for the fire department in Westlake.

The news comes just months after he shot down speculations of his retirement.

Miocic had a successful championship run that started in May 2016 when he overcame Fabricio Werdum via KO/TKO. He then went on a three-fight winning streak, which including a run-in with current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

Miocic had his belt temporarily taken away by Daniel Cormer in July 2018, but he won it back and retained it in their trilogy fight.

The American heavyweight’s reign then came to an end in March 2021 when Ngannou won via KO/TKO.

Miocic has been sidelined for a chance of another title shot as Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis competed for the interim heavyweight title. Gane recently took Ngannou on in the octagon, but ultimately lost via unanimous decision.

Earlier this month, Jon Jones – who is targeting a debut in the heavyweight division – flirted with the idea of a matchup against Miocic, but nothing has come to fruition.

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