Stipe Miocic is having a great month.
On May 14, he traveled to Curitiba to beat Brazilian Fabricio Werdum on home soil and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. On June 18, he married his self-described best friend Ryan Marie Carney. And today, he may have lived out a dream he has had since he was a child.
Miocic was able to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as they celebrated their historic NBA championship with a parade in "The Land." In fact, Stipe led the procession through the city to commemorate Cleveland's first major team sports championship in over 50 years.
Miocic has long been a proud resident of Cleveland and a major fan of the local teams. Among the first things that he said following his title win was that the belt was for his city and he was bringing it home for the people of Cleveland. He also shared his support for the Cavaliers and that it was their turn to bring home the championship. Clearly, LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers were able to deliver their end of the bargain as well.
The procession moved through the city and had people lining up to watch it nearly 24 hours in advance. It truly is a great moment for the city, and for Miocic on a personal level.
But Stipe is not done with the city just yet. In his first title defense, Miocic will be on home soil as he faces Alistair Overeem in the the main event of UFC 203. The card will take place on Sept. 10 inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
With the successful streak that the city has going, Miocic will try to feed off the momentum and keep the belt for "Believeland."