ANAHEIM, 17 August 2019 – Proud Croatian Stipe Miocic has celebrated his UFC heavyweight title win by breaking into a little dance in the octagon.
Miocic, who turns 37 on Monday, broke out into a little jig, looking a bit like a Croatian kolo dancer, when referee Herb Dean stopped his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Miocic, who was behind on points after the first three rounds, landed damaging blows to the body of Cormier before rocking him with a right. As Cormier stumbled to the cage, Miocic laid on a series of punches before the fight was stopped and the celebrations begun.
“It was in Old School, we watched it today, I had no idea what I was doing. I wanted to do something with my hands and my feet. Adrenaline took over, I am that guy at a party who does dumb stuff. It was fun,” Miocic explained at the post-fight press conference.
Miocic has always been proud of his Croatian heritage and at the weigh-ins yesterday, his wife and daughter turned up in Croatian football shirts.
The part-time fireman has visited the land of his parents four times and is planning on another visit soon and hopes to be able to take his mother with him.
“I don’t think mum has been to Croatia since she left there as a kid so it’s my big wish to take her to her hometown of Cetingrad. We discussed it and she wants to go,” Stipe said earlier.
“I use every opportunity to highlight it and I am proud of it (Croatian heritage). After all, that is one of the reasons why I have asked American journalists and television reporters to accurately pronounce my name and surname, and not say it like “Majosik” or something,” he said in an interview, before adding.
“I have two tattoos. One is a Croatian coat of arms and the other is our family coat of arms. I am proud that I have Croatian roots.”