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Miocic KOs Werdum; becomes new heavyweight champ

Fabricio Werdum entered the Octagon smiling for his UFC 198 main event Saturday night at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, but it was Stipe Miocic who had the last laugh, as he knocked Werdum out in the first round to win the UFC heavyweight championship.

“Cleveland, we got a champion,” the Ohio native said.
 


Miocic got off to a fast start and he never took his foot off the gas, mixing his boxing stylings with hard kicks to the leg. On the other side, Werdum was having trouble getting into a rhythm, forcing him to get a little reckless with his offense. That proved to be a fight-ending mistake for the Porto Alegre native as a wild rush left him wide open for the flush right hand that sent Werdum down and out, with referee Dan Miragliotta officially halting the bout at the 2:47 mark.

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“He had me guessing,” Miocic said. “I caught him with a good right hand and he went down.”

“He was better than I was,” Werdum said. “But I’m going to come back here and I will be champion again.”

With the win, the 33-year-old Miocic moves to 15-2; the 38-year-old Werdum, who was making the first defense of his undisputed title, falls to 20-6-1.

UFC 198: Werdum vs Miocic

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