The declaration of Stipe Miocic as the baddest man
Long before the UFC rose to its prolific mega status as the leader of combat sports, the term “baddest man on the planet” had always reserved for the heavyweight champion. He hails from UFC as a champion, I award Stipe Miocic The Baddest Man on the Planet.
It started with Iron Mike In 1986. Mike Tyson would beat Trevor Berbick by a 2nd Round TKO to earn himself the WBC heavyweight title at the ripe age of 20 years old.
At the time Tyson became the reigning champion and the youngest champion ever. Current UFC Heavyweight Champion and the currently dubbed “baddest man on the planet” Stipe Miocic was only 4 years old when Iron Mike won his first title.
A short 7 years later, In 1993 combat sports would experience a change. At the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, Ultimate Fighting Championship was born. Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC as we more commonly know it was curated and created by a man named Art Davie.
Davie’s quest to determine “what is the greatest combat sport”. UFC1 would feature Royce Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt, Gerard Gordeau, a karate instructor, and more famously Ken Shamrock.
The UFC would endure logo changes, gain superstars, and massively blow up becoming larger than life company throughout the early 2000s. The UFC has had A total of 18 total heavyweight champions. Among that list are some of the all-time greatest athletes to ever compete for the UFC banner.
The Champ is here
Stipe Miocic became the 19th one.
The baddest man on the planet.
Stipe Miocic beat Daniel Cormier on August 17th of 2019 by fourth-round TKO. A rematch of their first affair that saw Cormier win by a first-round knockout.
The two were set to fight again almost a year later to complete the trilogy. To finally dub not only the baddest man on the planet but the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. This would be the first fight the duo would have that would go a full 25 minutes.
A back and forth fight that Stipe would take control of in the championship rounds showcased two of the best mixed martial artists the sport has ever known. Two great heavyweights, both trying like hell to impose their will on the other and cement their legacy. For one man it meant riding into the sunset as a champion, and for the other, it would be defending his spot atop of the all-time greats list.
Stipe Miocic would win a unanimous decision and edge Cormier out for the all-time great heavyweight slot once again.
When Mike Tyson was the baddest man on the planet, he was everywhere. T.V. shows, Game Shows, magazines, the news. Tyson had a terrifying five-year reign that saw him absolutely destroying his opposition. He was brutal with violent acts of both speed and power. A symphony of strikes that more often than not shut the lights off and sent them packing to medical professionals.
Time and time again fans would pay the $50 for a pay-per-view to watch Iron Mike. He would obliterate his opponent in just a minute and a half. Mike Tyson became a celebrity, now being featured in movies, documentaries and is a pretty regular face on televisions everywhere. His baddest man on the planet’s reputation carried him a long way.
A duel fighter or rather fire fighter
Today’s baddest man on the planet is in many ways the opposite. Stipe Miocic lives in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and lives out his days as a father, husband, and first responder.
The son of Croatian immigrants, he volunteers in his community as both a fireman and a paramedic. Stipe was working as a volunteer since 2010 after he completed 18 months of school and required training.
Additionally, it is reported Stipe had to push back the trilogy fight with Cormier because he was working as an EMT during the pandemic. Stipe volunteers at Valley View Fire Department in Cleveland, Ohio. He dedicates 12 hours a week to the fire department. He says once he retires from mixed martial arts he plans to go full time. Two weeks before his standout performance against the UFCs hardest hitter Francis Ngannou, Stipe was on a fire call from 7 PM until 7 AM.
The seal of baddest man accolade
Furthermore, people are upset that Daniel Cormier didn’t get the retirement send-off that he earned. It is worth noting that Stipe solidified himself as the greatest heavyweight of all time. This is with the conclusion of the trilogy. Some of Stipes’s most notable wins include a decision over Francis Ngannou, a KO over Fabricio Werdrum, Junior Dos Santos, Allistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, and Andrei Arlovski.
Whether you consider him the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, or the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, Stipe Miocic is undoubtedly The Baddest Man on the Planet.
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