ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

After helping kick off its string of championship runs by winning the UFC heavyweight title earlier this year, the city's favorite fighter, Stipe Miocic, is back in his hometown cheering on the Indians as the team begins its World Series campaign.

Miocic joined ESPN reporter Marty Smith for a Facebook live video session with fans in Cleveland on Tuesday morning for Sportscenter. Smith, dressed as Charlie Sheen's Major League character Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, hung out with the UFC heavyweight as they talked with other local fans at a bar prior to game one against the .

The champ told Smith he's excited to see the city in a such a celebratory mood.

"It's awesome," Miocic said. "People out here, 10 o'clock in the morning, drinking."

Following his big win over Fabricio Werdum in May, Miocic got to see Cleveland's championship drought come to an official end when LeBron James and the Cavaliers won the NBA title in June. The fighter brought another trophy home to the city when he defended his belt against Alistair Overeem in Cleveland at UFC 203.

Miocic is hoping that the good vibes continue for athletes from the 216 with the now on the verge of a title.

A former collegiate baseball player, Miocic got a chance to show off his skills with a bat prior to an Indians game this spring. The heavyweight champ smashed a homerun to left field during practice.

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