UFC officials announced on Sunday that back injury has forced former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez to pull out of a planned Feb. 6 match with current champ Fabricio Werdum, and Stipe Miocic has been called upon as a short-notice replacement.
Miocic, a graduate of Eastlake North High School, trains in Independence and lives and works as a firefighter and paramedic in Valley View. He wrestled and played baseball at Cleveland State University.
Gotta grab opportunity when it comes knocking. #LetsGo
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) January 24, 2016
Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) now seeks his first defense of the UFC unified heavyweight title.
Miocic (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) picked up a 54-second win over Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195, just three weeks ago.