NEW UFC heavyweight champion


EUCLID, Ohio -- Euclid native Stipe Miocic returned home to Northeast Ohio Monday as the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world.

Miocic defeated former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum Sunday night in Brazil. Miocic made quick work of claiming the title, knocking out Werdum with one punch in the first round of the fight.

Afterward, he shouted: "Cleveland, this is for you."

He landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Monday morning.

"I'm a fighter," Miocic said after he landed. "That's what I do. I'm from Cleveland. We're fighters here. It's what we do."

Before Sunday's fight, Miocic ranked No. 3 in the world in the heavyweight division.

The 33-year-old was born in Euclid and still lives in Northeast Ohio. He currently works as a part-time firefighter while he trains for UFC.

He hasn't lost a fight since December of 2014.

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