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Stipe Miocic On What’s Next, Defending Title, More

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For Stipe Miocic, the journey was not just about becoming UFC heavyweight champion.

Miocic, who finished Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 recently, plans on doing more moving forward as the titleholder.

“I’m not done yet,” he said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “It’s so surreal, but I want to keep this going for a long time.”

Likely up first for the champion will be a title defense against Alistair Overeem. The former Strikeforce champion has won four in a row, including wins over Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski.

“He’s awesome,” Miocic said. “Whoever they put in front of me, I’ll beat them and keep that belt.”

As for the time being, Miocic continues to embrace the support he’s received from friends, family and Cleveland.

“Honestly, I’ve never cried that much. Intense it was amazing having so much support. It was overwhelming,” he said. “(My mother is) such an amazing woman. I wouldn’t be the man that I am today without her. She put so much effort into me. I want to make her proud. When I saw her, we just cried.”

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Fight Cards

UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2

Event Date: May 13, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 179: MacDonald vs. Daley

Event Date: May 19, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira

Event Date: May 28, 2017
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway

Event Date: June 3, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt

Event Date: June 11, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia

Event Date: June 17, 2017
Broadcast: TBD