Stipe Miocic explains why he’ll never turn into a ‘rock star’ as UFC heavyweight champion

By Newsroom on May 5, 2017
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  • Being a UFC champion not only means that a fighter has reached the pinnacle of the sport but there’s also a ton more attention and scrutiny that comes along with the title as well.

    Several champions in the past have been accused of letting the spotlight get to them and that has led to their downfall inside the Octagon.

    Former women’s champion Ronda Rousey talked about retiring as an undefeated champion while in the same breath discussing several movie roles she had just booked, which had a great many people believing she was distracted from the task at hand before suffering a loss to Holly Holm in 2015.

    If there’s one person currently holding a UFC title who refuses to ever fall into either one of those categories it’s heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

    Born into a blue-collar family from Ohio, Miocic had hard work and humility ingrained in him almost from birth thanks to a mother who taught him the value of grinding to get what you want and never giving up.

    “I’ve worked so hard since I was a kid. I didn’t get all the things most kids got in life. I had a mother that worked her ass off and my father was there, too, I saw him but my mom was there every day. She busted her ass every day for me,” Miocic told FOX Sports. “I didn’t have the greatest things in life. We weren’t poor but we were middle class and my mom just did everything to make me happy.

    “She showed me how to work hard, showed me how nothing’s ever given. It’s all earned. That’s what she showed me so a lot of that has to do with my mother.”

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