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UFC 198: Stipe Miocic breaks Cleveland’s 51-year title drought with one punch

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The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been able to do it over their 36-year history – not even with LeBron James. The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948. And although the Cleveland Browns won their last NFL title back in 1964, they are one of only four teams to never appear in a Super Bowl. Last night at UFC 198, 33-year-old Stipe Miocic won the UFC heavyweight title in an away game, breaking the Cleveland “51-year curse”.

Micoic knocked Werdum out just under 3 minutes into the contest with a beautiful short counter right hook that landed flush on the jaw of the reckless champ who continued to rush in on the powerful Croatian out of Cleveland.

Miocic became the 15th undisputed UFC heavyweight champion in company history last night and will look to become the only man to defend the title more than twice.

In the immediate future, Miocic will take the title back to StrongStyle gym in Independence, Ohio before taking off to get married in a couple of weeks. The newly crowned champ will have $50,000 extra in performance bonuses to spend on his honeymoon before getting back to work to prepare for his first title defense later this year.

His first defense will either take place against Alistair Overeem in New York at UFC 205 in November or in a rematch against Werdum. Werdum was unable to successfully defend his title after holding it for nearly a year after beating Cain Velasquez in Mexico last year in the main event of UFC 188.

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