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It couldn't have been easy for Stipe Miocic being so far from home when he defeated the Brazilian favorite Fabricio Werdum in his home country and captured the UFC heavyweight title.

So when the new champ returned home to Ohio it's not surprising he was brought to tears by the celebration that awaited him.

Miocic said on Twitter that he hasn't taken the belt off since he got it and his social media feed certainly supports that. Since taking the title he has made appearances (with the strap) at batting practice for the Cleveland Indians, sat court-side at a Cleveland Cavaliers game and visited the Cleveland Browns football practice.

"It's kind of overwhelming a little bit," Miocic said to Fox Sports "It hasn't sunk in yet. It's kind of sinking in now. Everyone coming here, cheering me on. It just means so much to me."

It's no wonder the entire city of Cleveland is celebrating as this championship win breaks a curst that goes back to the middle of last century. According to Fox Sports, Miocic predicted that his win will help inspire other Cleveland teams to win championships, too.

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