A question many have is “Who is the greatest fighter of all-time?” Then, the best heavyweight of all-time is a whole other debate.
After Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, he cemented himself as the greatest UFC heavyweight of all-time. He could also be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.
Miocic, of course, has the UFC record for most heavyweight title defenses at three and is once again the heavyweight champ when he TKO’d Cormier at UFC 241. ‘DC’ at that time was considered the best given he has never lost at heavyweight and has only lost one round on one judge’s scorecard at the time. Yet, it was Miocic who was the one who got it done.
The Cleveland native’s resume speaks for itself. He has wins over the likes of Cormier, Fabricio Werdum, Francis Ngannou, Junior dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem among others.
I’ve achieved my goals through hard work. This is what adversity looks like… I am a 5X WORLD CHAMPION, firefighter, husband, father bc I never lose my fighting spirit. I will never be outworked. I have a lot more to accomplish. #SM #ChampionBlood #OneMoreForTheLand pic.twitter.com/eSIOyWgI7O
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) August 20, 2019
But, whether or not he is the greatest heavyweight of all-time is another question. Fedor Emelianenko is always considered up there for the best, given what he accomplished. He went 10 years without a loss and has beaten many of the top names in the sport. Yet, fixing fights was a concern back then. So whether or not his wins are legitimate or not is a question.
So, there is no question at all that Stipe Miocic is the greatest UFC heavyweight of all-time but whether or not he is the greatest heavyweight of all-time is a question for another day.
For now, he is celebrating his win and awaiting what is next which could be the Daniel Cormier trilogy or perhaps the rematch against Francis Ngannou. If he continues to defend the belt and adds more title defenses to his record, which he says is his plan, he will continue to add to his legacy. He already has the most heavyweight title defenses in a row and plans on breaking that again this time around. If he does that, he will no doubt be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.
In the end, Stipe Miocic reclaimed his belt and his spot as the greatest UFC heavyweight of all-time with his win at UFC 241. How long he will have that is to be seen.
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The Scrap’s Cole Shelton is a full-time MMA writer for various news outlets. Make sure to follow Cole on Twitter (@ColeShelton91) for a variety of content.