UFC 198: Stipe Miocic Talks Strategy to Beat Fabricio Werdum, Whether He’ll Remain Fire Fighter as Champ
By FCF Staff
Most top ranked fighters in the UFC no longer work a full time job on the side, but Stipe Miocic continues to be a proud member of the Oakwood Fire Department in Ohio. According to the heavyweight contender, even if he wins championship gold at UFC 198 on Saturday, that’s not going to change.
Recently Miocic appeared on “UFC Tonight“, in advance of his fight tomorrow with champion Fabricio Werdum. When asked if he plans to remain a fire fighter, if he takes the heavyweight belt this weekend, the 33 year-old said this (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“When I do become the champion, I’ll still be a fire fighter.”
The accomplished wrestler and noted boxer, was also asked how he plans to defeat Werdum. The latter took the heavyweight title last June, by submitting Cain Velasquez.
“Everyone has holes. I’m not going to say anything now, maybe he’s watching. We watched a lot of tape and saw a lot of holes.”
I’m going to do what I want to do,” said Miocic, when asked if he’ll look to take the feared grappler down. “If he wants to go to the ground, that’s fine. I’m a wrestler. I’m going to be smart. Wherever it goes it goes, but I’m going to dictate where I want it to go.”
Miocic is coming off a first round, stoppage win over Andrei Arlovski in January. UFC 198 will take place in Curitiba, Brazil.