UFC 211, Stipe Miocic tied up the record in UFC Heavyweight division as one of few that have managed to defended the belt more than two times consecutively.
Stipe delivered first round knockout over Junior dos Santos and with his next fight he could break the record as the longest reigning champion in UFC heavyweight history. Stipe Miocic might be the best heavyweight in UFC history.
Stipe has joined a list of former champions Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, all with two title defences.
“He’s looking like the man,” UFC president Dana White said about Miocic breaking the record. “Cleveland’s killing it right now. He is not the same fighter, obviously, that fought [Junior dos Santos] the first time. “Super athletic, he stays in the pocket now and punches with big guys. Lightning fast, he’s a complete fighter and a really good athlete.”
After the fight dos Santos admitted that Miocic is special fighter and he has the chance to make a long term mark in the heavyweight division.
“He is on the way,” dos Santos told FOX Sports about Miocic becoming the greatest UFC heavyweight in history. “Because he’s doing actually great and like I said, I admire him. Like I said again, if I’m not the champion, I’m happy he’s the champion.”
Just as White is praising Miocic for the resume he’s putting together and dos Santos complimenting him as a potential all time great, the reigning and defending heavyweight champion isn’t worried about all the accolades.
In post fight interview, Miocic did not seem to care much that he could set a new record with his next title defence. “No, I really don’t care,” Miocic said about setting the record for most title defences in the heavyweight division. “If I keep winning I’ll break history — big deal.