Historically, the reigns of UFC heavyweight champs have been pretty brief, but Stipe Miocic says things are going to be different, now that he’s ruling the division.
Miocic is getting ready to face Junior dos Santos next Saturday at UFC 211, which will go down in Dallas, Texas. The fight will take place almost exactly one year after Miocic quickly put away Fabricio Werdum at 198, and laid claim to the heavyweight crown.
In September, Miocic recorded his first title defense, by stopping Alistair Overeem in the first round. So, if he defeats JDS next weekend, it will mark Miocic’s second title defense. If the Cleveland fighter can defend the belt one more time, he would be the longest reigning, heavyweight champ in UFC history. Crazy right? Former champs like Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velasquez and Tim Sylyia, defended their titles just twice.
Well, recently Miocic was asked about title defenses, and the 34 year-old said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I don’t really care about how many defenses I have; all I care about is winning,” Miocic said. “I love what I do. I’m going to keep winning. I train way too hard and sacrifice way too much to give it up. I’m just different. I get better every fight. I’m improving every fight and nothing is going to change.”
There’s no denying that Miocic has a ton of momentum behind him as he gets set to rematch JDS. Since he lost to dos Santos via decision in 2014, Miocic has stopped Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Werdum and Overeem. The only man who made it out of the first round was Hunt.