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Midnight Mania! Stipe Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez reported to be set for UFC 216

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Per, Stipe Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez has been set for UFC 216 in October. has confirmed with a source close to the situation that UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will defend his title against former champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 216 on October 7th at T-Mobile Arena.'s Chris Taylor was the first to report the news on Tuesday.

Stipe Miocic has won four straight fights by first-round knockout, and will be looking to break the heavyweight title defense record in this bout. Cain Velasquez hasn’t fought since he dismantled Travis Browne at UFC 200, over a year ago. That win is his only fight since he lost the belt to Fabricio Werdum in 2015. Before that, he beat Junior Dos Santos black and blue in the conclusion to their trilogy in 2013. In the time since that 2013 win, Stipe has fought eight times, winning seven. Despite his success, Miocic still cleans toilets at his day job as a firefighter and EMT in Cleveland, Ohio.

At his best, Cain Velasquez brings a relentless pace and punishing wrestling to the cage. Before his career was derailed by injury, he was widely considered to be a lock for the greatest heavyweight of all time. With a win over him in October, Stipe would become the frontrunner in that heavyweight GOAT conversation.

This news comes on a day with rumors of another Brock Lesnar comeback. Cain Velasquez first won the heavyweight belt with a savage beatdown of Lesnar all the way back in 2010.


Miocic’s management has denied this report to, claiming that Miocic is currently waiting to renegotiate his contract. In his past two fights, the challengers to the belt have earned more than Miocic, the defending champion. Until this issue is sorted out, Miocic claims he has no plans to return to the cage.


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Watch the whole fight here:

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Awesome choke

Nice head kick KO

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Classic finish

One of the greats

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Storhaug88 wrote a thought-provoking piece about fighters who are convinced they have done enough to win close fights or fights they have lost. He references recent performances by Werdum and Yoel Romero. I know from experience that it can be difficult to score a fight while you are in it. Anyone who has known fighters has heard them explain away losses as mistakes by the judges, convinced they really won or were winning. Often, it’s difficult to recall exactly what happened in a round. While that adrenaline is running, one doesn’t feel or just disregards offense by the other fighter, leading to the false perception that one is winning. Combined with the subjectivity of scoring a fight, that does make it difficult to perceive if you are winning or not. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and one I’m glad Storhaug88 brought attention to.

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