Cleveland finally wins a title: Stipe Miocic takes UFC heavyweight title
Stipe Miocic is bringing a championship back to Cleveland after a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198.
Cleveland's championship drought is over!
Well, if you count Stipe Miocic, who hails from Cleveland, claiming the UFC heavyweight title by way of a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC 198 on Saturday night in Brazil.
After the fight, Miocic celebrated by first umping out of the Octagon and then shouting out his home town.
"Cleveland, we got a championship, baby," Miocic screamed in his post-fight interview in the Octagon.
Even the Cleveland sports teams celebrated his win on Twitter.
The city of Cleveland hasn't had a title win to celebrate since 1964 when the Browns won the NFL Championship. Since then, Cleveland saw the Indians lose a World Series Game 7, the Browns move out of the city and LeBron James ditch his hometown for South Beach (of course, the Browns and James have both since returned).
Even if you don't want to count the UFC title as a championship for the city, Miocic at least made the hometown proud with his performance rocking Werdum to sleep with a short right hand in the first round.
This all also just so happened to occur the same night that the city of Cleveland was forced to relive some of its most painful sports memories as ESPN aired the 30 for 30 documentary "Believeland" just three hours before Miocic's fight.
At least Northern Ohio can smile.
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