The time has arrived for Stipe Miocic to realize his dream of becoming the undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world. On Saturday night at UFC 198 which takes place in Curitiba, Brazil, Miocic will meet current UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum in the main event. The Cleveland born Croatian is coming off an absolute destruction of former Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in under a minute. He will look to build off that victory and take the fight to the Brazilian Werdum and capture the gold.
Werdum on the other hand is riding a 6 fight win streak. His last win was a submission victory over heavyweight king pin Cain Velazquez who was thought to be unbeatable. Werdum has slick Muay Thai and is a world champion at brazilian jiu jitsu. Fabricio also was Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic’s ground coach back in the Pride Fighting days.
I see this fight being like a game of chess with both fighters looking to use their advantages and game plan to get the upper hand. I think Miocic will use his footwork, wrestling and boxing to pick apart Werdum and take the fight in the third round by TKO, although this is MMA and anything can happen in the Octagon.
Can Miocic bring the title home to Cleveland and give the city a Championship before Lebron James?
How do the readers of Croatian Sports see this fight ending? Let’s hear your predictions?
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@Turkey & @site administrators…have all the users create user names with proof of home address…then we will see how brave everyone is through their computer screens…I’m sick of idiots coming onto this site to bash Croats…If you don’t like us then go fuck yourself and stay off OUR sites!
That’s not nice calling me a dumbass, I know you’re not Bosnian.
What makes you think that I think you’re a Bosnian?
Hey dumbass, I’m not Bosnian!!!
No one asked you your religion you dumb cunt, and by the way you’re a krivoslavac, stop kidding yourself by calling yourself orthodox, the only reason you call yourself orthodox is because of a Greek, nothing to with Bosnia you idiot, do you see all the trouble you krivoslavci have made GLOBALLY by not waiting for the harvest?
Serbs are Greek jocksniffers you fucking Bosnian guinea pig.
Where’s Constantinople on a map?
Hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahh!!! That’s the best Croatian defence I’ve ever heard!!!! Croatian club??? Isn’t that called Mama / Tata umbilical cord!! Do you still visit Mama / Tata every other night for Povitica!!!
– Trust me , out of 100 Croatians I know, you’d be lucky to get 2 that haven’t cut the cord yet!!! I’m having dinner right now on your table cloth!!!! Sorry your flag!!!!!
My son graduated from Kent State University in Ohio Saturday night and I was in town and lucky enough to watch the fight in a sports bar there with a group of guys who grew up with and trained with Miocic.
The first thing I heard when I entered was someone yelling “U pizdu materinu” – haha, I knew it was going to be a fun night.
They told me that he always talked about Croatia, his parents speak little to no English and was one of the most positive out-going, down-to-earth person they all have ever met.
One guy played baseball with him at Cleveland State.
They also said that he understands Croatian pretty well, but, struggles to speak it – a few words here and there.
The place went crazy when he landed his punch. I felt like a kid again celebrating and having beer spilled all over me.
Stipe is a first generation kid who almost would rather be considered Croatian than American. It is the same way I feel – although I speak the language, I would never hold that against him or anyone else who has such pride.
We have idiots on this site that don’t understand that it is the ultimate compliment to wanting to be considered Croatian over the country you were born in.
They sit behind their computer and judge who should and shouldn’t be let into the “Croatian Club” – fucking idiots – as if they have accomplished 1% of what this first generation kid just did.
Well done Stipe! You are more Croatian than most of the people born there.
Gosh you guys keep it so close to those that have hurt you. Guess you don’t understand…GLOBAL!! Ughhh
Why are you Bosnian “orthodox”, but your parents are only “orthodox?”
I’m guessing your parents are Serbs, but you were born in Bosnia, so you call yourself Bosnian.
The experiment is working in your case.
Looks like proving my point hurts. Croatians are in denial about nobody recognizing where they are on a map, cause problems in life if they don’t get their way. This is why you people have this site, just to brag amongst your own, and dig up things about people and relate them as Croatians- where just like Stipe, he’s American!!!!
Mainly stick together guys, huddle around hugging each others’ shoulders doing kolo’s while just getting hammered singing old village songs that Tata taught them.
Time for me to move on to other bragging site you people have. The ones I’m dealing with right now are really too dumb!!!!
– did you see the next heading article on this website, “Croatians around the World”. Hahahahaha it’s the same athletes all the time, Manzukic again!!!! Oh man!!!!
And Brkic, too stupid to see the difference!
You see, it’s quite evident that the impersonator “turkey” can’t handle the truth. It’s obvious his writing style is obvious, “ponies, Craig list”. Just goes to show you how Ctoatians can’t handle it, so they make up lies, bring in fireworks, stencil swatzticas on soccer fields etc. They cause shit because it’s in their blood!! Good try “turkey” but nope, not Bosnian Serb. See , told you think global….geez it’s hard for you guys!!!
Those dude’s chins are made of adamantium. Anyone else takes two of those like Werdum did, lights out until next Thursday. Placing that punch in that spot was incredible by Stipe. Stipe’s body positioning, stance and overall composure were impeccable. Werdum fought Stipe’s fight. Can’t wait to see him against Overeem or Velasquez. I love the brawler, stand up style of fighting.
About breaking the Cleveland curse, I see both sides of the argument. I think the point is for one of the team’s to actually break it. Either way, he’s still the heavyweight champion of the world and nobody can take that away from him…not even the self hating bosanac/binsr trolls.
I thought it was Stojnic myself, I remember him, he was portly little fellow with a small head if my memory serves me correctly.
One of Cain Velasquez’s early victims.
…and he’s 0-2 in the UFC ranked 120th in the world.
You don’t even know how to spell the guy’s name. It’s Stojnic… Idiot.
You mean Bosnian Serb?
Why didn’t Denis Stonjic ever get the chance to fight Cro Cop, Stonjic is a massive name in MMA?
BTW, I’m Bosnian…yes, my parents are orthodox but I’m Bosnian orthodox if you must know. We had Denis Stonjic who would take out cabbage head crocop if he had the chance.
Maminjo, the only one I recognize out of all those names is the guy that Gonzaga kicked right back to cabbage town!!! Remember how fast he fell asleep when he got kicked in the head. Didn’t knock him out….knocked him right into retirement. Wouldn’t say he did anything good but fill up a fight card!!!
Anything Croatian is a losing thing. Thank God no, not a cabbage head!!!
It’s some Country you’re obviously ashamed of since you hide behind the name “Turkey” and yet claim you don’t come from there. I’m sure wherever you’re from is a fine place, but you’re still a loser who has nothing better to do than to be a troll here.
Are you drunk?
I believe you’re a Croat.
Am I right?
I just ate my own excrement in front of my wife and children.
I am thinking about selling photos on Craigslist for $5.
Nope not a Serb!!! Don’t think about only those 20 or so countries that don’t like Croatia. Be more global!! I know it’s hard, but give it a shot.
Omg, if I only had a nickel for every time I heard a Croatian say, ‘look how good we are for a country of 4M.’ Hilarious!!! It’s like you people go to Croatian school Saturday mornings to learn about how to be a Croatian in the real world and what to say to those people who tell you the truth. Oh wait, Mama /Tata do send you guys to Croatian school to keep tradition right??? Tambura and all??? Can’t wait to hear the excuses this year for Euro!!!
Well done Stipe, you a true Hrvat even if some jokers think you are not cause you don’t hold a passport, easily done.
You are a good man and I’m proud of you.
Za Dom. -U-
boxing, judo, taekwondo, free-style wrestling and greco-roman wrestling, these are all in the olympics.
All these sports can be implemented in an MMA fight.
Now you don’t have to think if MMA is a sport, you know it is.
Wow, everyone is crediting Stipe as ending the Cleveland Sports Curse.
Didn’t really think this was a sport, but I guess they’ll take it.
Werdum and Stipe both clocked each other at the same time.
Problem is, Stipe has an iron jaw.
Beautiful balance and power by Stipe. If you ever fought before, you know that a strong right while back peddling is a thing of beauty. Stipe landed it perfectly. That being said, I can’t believe Werdum ate the same punch twice. Stipe didn’t even have to ground and pound. I wonder if his next opponent will try to take him to the ground, even though Stipe is a great wrestler. Great day to be a Croatian-American or any Diaspora Croat.
Congratulations Stipe. Overeem or Velasquez next.
Guys, this guy “Turkey” is just a diaspora Serb who’s angry about Stipe Miocic winning.
Every time we do something in sport, there are a few Serbs who come on here and troll us for it.
He’s probably a big MMA fan but is pissed because Serbs can’t seem to produce even one single notable fighter in K1 or MMA, despite the sport being huge over there. It must really suck if you’re a fan from Serbia and you have to see names like Filipovic, Miocic, Miletic, Pokrajac, Cikatic, etc in K1 and MMA throughout your years growing up watching the sport.
I don’t like saying Croatians are better than anyone else. We’re not.
However, people like “Turkey” should think twice before coming on this site and bashing Croatia when their country are gross underachievers in the sport.
Sorry for feeling good about my Croatian roots today and everyday.
It’s not about being better, but pride about trying to do the best I can, for my family and my community. We are underdogs if anything, much like the Irish. We are no better than anybody else but we are good salt of the earth people, with a lot of spirit that try hard.
Alright , we happen to have a few good accomplishments that modern society credits people born in our region are attributed for:
Founders Fish Canning Industry in the US (Bogdanovich)
Development Of AC Electricity (Tesla)
Founders Of The Oil Industry (Lukovich)
and of Course Best Music …….(.Oliver!!!!!!)
Hope you enjoying that nice necktie by the way.
Be careful not to get some Zinfindel on it, …….oh I forgot best wine.
Croatia does extremely well for a country with a population of little over 4 million.
Turkey’s population is aroun 80 million. They should be able to put together 20 teams like Croatia.
Unfortunately, they aren’t even half as talented as Croatia is.
Stipe might just be the classiest title champion of any fighting sport in history.
Turkey, we don’t get wound up by mental midgets. Ps- we have a fellow Muslim friend, Crnkovic, who can set you straight. He knows we are good people here.
Anyone else like to mastrabate to My Little Ponies?
When I get sick of doing that I come to this site to wind you guys up.
Congrats to Stipe! His beast mode is like watching a werewolf or something.
Hey Turkey I don’t need your approval for anything. Your thoughts are as meaningful as an ant’s shit.
Figured the only site to talk to Croatians who really think they are all that are themselves. Just want you to know that there is a world out there besides cousins and uncles who think Croatia is all that. You know what guys, there’s nothing there guys!!! I think maps JUST labelled Croatia on the map!!! Congrats.
Congrats Stipe! First Croatian UFC Heavyweight Champion.
What about this mysterious package at Man Utd, who left that there Turkey, friends of yours, know this really pisses me off to no end?
@Turkey…..no room here for trolls
Turkey, why are you so bitter? Croatian bang your wife? Croatian boss at work? If Croatia is so disturbing, get off the site.
@Turkey, you goat fuckers are about as useful as Obongo.
Lol. I’m not Turkish. Just wanted to prove that you people love religious controversy, into everything. Jealousy…. Lol, Croatians are known for hate, jealousy, and manipulating their children that Cristia really exists on the map. You are funny
@Turkey…..actually, I dont agree with you on your comments.
You do realize I have fun with words here and not everything I say should be taken at 100% seriousness, right?
I’ve watched every fight he has had in UFC. I’m a fan. I’m a fan of any hrvat. I think it is great a hrvat won the title. I have never said a bad thing about him (Cro Cop i have because of the doping rumors and how he treats people).
All I said about this (and its accurate) that a UFC title win by a hrvat doesn’t carry the same weight as a big win by our national teams in soccer, hoops, handball, etc…Just look at the media coverage those sports have compared to MMA coverage. I’m not saying it is not covered (it is), but lets keep it in perspective.
@Ziva…you indicated that “you’ve watched all his fights”… I find that ironic considering that not so long ago you would call mma backyard fighting…I know I misquoted but it was something along those lines…so I have a question for you…has your stance changed on the sport? and if not, how is mma any less organized than let’s say boxing or any other sport for that matter? Last but not least…were you wearing your Miocic jersey as you were watching the fights? 🙂
@Turkey…just keep poking at Russia so they can turn your country into a charred spot on the map…and for someone so arrogant…why not read into some ottoman history…most of your royal lineage isn’t even Turkish…
Turkey, jealousy is a tough pill to swallow! Especially when your an inbred muslim. A dog has a better genetic make up and brain then you. Lol
‘My cousins and my uncle in Germany are watching this fight, so it’s the biggest thing in the world!!’
– how old is this guy,8??? What a fool. This guy probably wears the Croatian charm around his necklace like every Croatian’s son. You really should watch more global and world news Joey, because Croatia has nothing. All there is to do is lie on beautiful beaches, and then go into a city and look at the shrapnel on the walls. Go to your bar pal and get drunk and stupid like the rest of em.
You are a typical Croatian, who thinks Croatians are bigger and more popular than they really are. Ziva, you sound educated and I agree with what you are indicating regarding the popularity of the UFC. It’s died as fast as Cro Cop did in the UFC. Who cares about the Stipe – he’s a nobody.
Anyway, back to Croatian expectations. Soccer..lolo lolololo, let me guess, we are still talking about ’98 in Croatia right? You guys have done NOTHING in soccer except talk. There will never be a star on that table cloth you people call a jersey. Just like my username and every other team, will always have little Croatian number. Fuckin cabbage heads.
Hey Ziva, look up Overeem and drugs
u’ll have a field day
How does Overeem match up with Miocic? It seems in this sports it is better to be the contender than the champ, which is great for viewers. Nothing better than unpredictability in sports.
Ok, I’m out boys. Have to read in church tomorrow.
Miocic was going to take the fight earlier on two weeks notice but Werdum pulled out because he wanted to be 100% for the fight.
Make no mistake Werdum was prepared.
I also can’t believe Werdum fought so stupidly, but that’s his problem now.
Looks like Overeem is next for Miocic.
For the MMA crowd????? Is the win cheapened in any way because this guy Werdum came in unprepared and acting like a goofball?
What say you?
If anyone wants to reference bets to try to gain some credibility, please post your bets b4 the event begins.
On that note, I have croatia to win at 25-1, cavs to win it all at 3-1 (gsw fan, and think gsw wins it barring injuries,but it is a hedge. Hate to watch Lebron win, so might as well get paid if the cavs win.)
Well done Stipe. Beat a great fighter with your strength, & all the while doing it with class.
I’ve watched all his fights, but I don’t follow this sport close enough to remember any of the names he has fought.
I went with my buddy; he told to be bet on a knockout in the middle rounds.
Ziva that’s on you
didn t u see the arlovski fight?
of course he knocks the cunt out in round 1 🙂
GO STIPEEE !!!!
Awesome win…….I’m just pissed he didn’t get a knockout in the second or third round. I made three bets on the fight: Stipe knockout in rounds two and three and decision to Werdum (the reason being I didn’t think he could get decision in case it went all 5 rounds on Brazilian soil). What a win.
Still not the biggest achievement in Cro sports history in th last 10 years because technically he is not a Croatian (he is not a citizen). You have to look at the what is popular in Cro and his win is not as popular as other achievements in Cro.
Now, let me ask some of you guys this……Why are you so quick to invoke my name in the immediate response after the fight. Was it 30 seconds after the fight, 2 minutes or 5 minutes when it crosses your mind that you will go online and post about me?
And this guy Werdum is a clown. Seeing how he was clowning around shows you he wasn’t ready and Stipe got him good.
Werdum thought he was about to press hahahahaha
What a punch!
Back-peddling, short, quick and heavy.
Hands Of Stone should be his nickname.
I heard it! Rewind your demand on your tv
I didn’t catch the “title for Croatia” I know for a fact he said for Cleveland
I don’t need no one else’s recognition, you know your son is your son without the school principal telling you
Tattoo on the foot goes to his parents county
As Croatian as he can be for someone born here
Unfortunately his Croatia shoutout is not repeated in any media report other than here…only the Cleveland portion is reported.nn
Post fight live.
Anyone catch him screaming Cleveland Croatia at the end
I’m having a Ziva moment, I did not expect that Werdum would be that fucking stupid. Stipe is the man, no fucking doubts about that. It’s always awesome to be Croatian, unless you live there, but tonight is especially exceptional.
Stipe what a fucking KO. He did it for Believeland and he did it for us!!
Crippler, God bless Stipe and you brother!!!
Ziva Blanka Vlasic is jumping for joy at this moment!!!
Fuckkkkkk yah Miocic world champ
Now we are going to win euro 2016!!!
In front of 45000 Brazilians….lol
STIPE DID IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is front page news on vecernij list sport!!! They are saying croatia has a champion! Lol biggest moment in croatian sports in a decade!
JEBEM MU MATER BRAzilskuuuuu
Miocic just said, “what’s up Croatia, we’ve got a champion!”
Croatian sports history made tonight!!!!!!!!
Werdum comes out with Ayrton Senna on his flag, hopefully he gets a grb tatoo on his jaw to go with that!
Stipe walked into the devil’s den!
I’m starting to get sweaty palms.
Cyborg just destroyed Smith, I’d love to see her smash Rousey!
Anybody have a link that can be streamed from my iPhone?
Hoping for a vintage Rua performance here.
So far the Brazilian have won 5 in a row. This is going to be a tough ask fighting in his back yard.
MMA is a niche sport.
It’s never going to be anything more than that.
Up until 6 months ago the biggest thing in the sport was an Olympic female judo champion. Now its a loudmouth Irishman coming off a loss to a journeyman. This is the lowest it’s been in a long time. There’s a reason it’s trying to be sold.
Today 5/14/2016, Miocic is the biggest thing in Croatian sports!
Ziva, Blanka is jumping at the same time Miocic is fighting, what do you watch?
Blanka Vlasic lol…lol!!!
Ufc was sold out in zagreb less than 8 weeks ago!
Blanka Vlasic lol…lol…lol…ok buddy the bars in zagreb are packed for her events.
I want the guy to win, what more can I do?
All I said the comment that this si the biggest momemnt in Cro sports in the last decade is about as outlandish as it gets (and this site has had some outlandish statements).
On a scale of 1 – 0; this is a 3 or 4. If he was an actual hrvat who grew up in Cro and spoke Cro it would be a 6 or a 7. Cro in the World Cup and Euros in the a knock outstage game is a 9.
Blanka Vlasic at the World Championships is a bigger thing for Cro than this as more people tuned in to watch that.
Stipe has to watch out for a submission. Stipe has to box him and keep him moving back, but verdum has that leg kick that’s a real concern. I’M PUMPED!! Cro in a soccer final would get me this pumped only…record setting crowd baby!!!!!
Allen, we’ll said!
Leave it to Ziva to buzzkill a great occasion like this. Instead of arguing about what’s bigger, how about showing support and talking about the actual matchup?
I’m sure it is, but it is not the same as a team title. He might get a parade, but it would come nowhere close (1/100th) of a real title celebration.
If a Cleveland team (or any major sports team) was in the finals, local tv stations would be following the team in the competing city. I’m willing to bet there are no Cleveland-based reporters in Brazil for this fight.
In Cleveland it is…they are in a drought…have you watched any of the news before the fight?? Cleveland is crazy about the possibility of a hometown kid with the ufc belt.
Think your wrong about the parade. I will bet if Stipe wins there will be a parade in Cleveland lol.
An MMA title is not the equivalent of an NBA, MLB or NFL title. Not even close.
When a team wins an NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL title in N. America, they will get a parade with millions in the streets. That will not happen with a MMA title. It just won’t.
Same thing in Cro….Cro Cop, while popular, isn’t at the level of a hajduk, dynamo, soccer, etc.
My point is people were more concerned about lebron on this page than stipe…cricket does have a big following..not as big as mma…it’s more followed in one part of the world…south east Asia..mma has a broader spectrum following it…point is Stipe could be the real king of Cleveland tonight! Equivalent to a championship to the city!
huh, I agree about GS…..got money on them as well. Not seeing your point here.
Cricket has more eyeballs around the globe than MMA.
Point is ufc has more eyes on it than the other sports I listed…NFL etc. Meaning Miocic is bringing croatia GLOBAL recognition…you should careless about lebron james…because more people will hear Cleveland globally because of stipe tonight. James will go down to Curry and company every time anyway.
Idiot! The Dallas Cowboys are worth more than that..doesn’t mean football is as popular as mma. I won’t even respond to the Disney on ice comment…I can’t believe you even said that! Dude have you ever even kicked a ball at wall? Punched a bag in the arcade? Your mocking tremendous athletes…Warriors!
So is being a Disney On Ice cast member (the person who plays Elsa required conditioning and technical training that is mind blowing).
UFC will never be that big because there is still a portion of society who thinks it is barbaric.
UFC is rumored to be selling for $4 billion. We have pro sports teams in the US that are worth half that figure by themselves; so that tells you far they have to go to catch up.
Until I see broadcasters paying for the UFC what the EPL gets for rights fees and what the NFL, MLB, NBA get for rights fees, then you can talk.
And that is no knock on organized after school back yard fight club. They have made great strides in the last 15 years.
Ziva you argue about things you have no knowledge of…like my self arguing about golf…I hate golf…ufc will be second only to soccer in 2020…mma fighters are incredible athletes and competitors. Don’t talk about things you have no clue about. I dabbled in it for fun. The conditioning and technical training is mind blowing.
Of course this is going to get media coverage, but its not the biggest story in the last decade. Shit, this is not even the lead story on the nightly news in Cro tonight.
and yet he can’t speak the language.
So, getting dried ink on your skin can make you a hrvat?
Shit, only thing missing is a gold lancic with the grb, but most diaspora hrvati have that covered.
Miocic is a proud croatian…dude has a grb tattoo on his foot…they announce him as the croatian who is born in Cleveland when he does his cage walk.
Look at vecernij list…idiot they are talking about a hrvat holding the ufc title. Ufc is smaller than the wwe??? Ok dummy…mma is the fastest growing sport in the world. I talked to my family in Germany and Zagreb this week…they are all pumped…actually my male cousins…and my cousins husbands in Germany.
Bigger global following than the NBA, huh????
Well, I would hope they have a bigger global following than the NFL considering the NFL is only played in one country. But, the NFL by itself still has a bigger following than organized after school back yard fight club.
Plus, most people in Cro view him as an American, not as a Hrvat.
Ufc has a bigger global following than NHL, MLB,and NFL. And stipe could be the king of it! Croatian King!
News coverage??? Yes. But nowhere near the coverage the handball team receives or the soccer team receives or even Mamic receives or other big events. This wouldn’t even make the top 10 list on the last decade.
UFC is not bigger than the NBA. Are you crazy? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt. It sounds like you are a fan boy with everything you are typing, which is cool.
Easy, we all want him to win, but just because your cousins in the selo are watching, that doesn’t mean this is the biggest thing in Cro sports. I can show you metrics that will easily prove you are wrong. But, I do enjoy the fan boyishness in you. So, carry on
This is bigger than Cilic, waterpolo, combined on a global perspective. Last time I was in zagreb dinamo game was sold out…
Idiot! Doesn’t sound like he speaks croatian…in an interview you either speak it or you don’t! Lol…this is huge in croatia…I know for a fact he is getting lots of news coverage. My cousins are all watching…but that’s my family…we support our own!
If miocic wins this title this will be the biggest thing in cro sports in well over a decade…even bigger than water polo gold! UFC has a huge global following…
Ziva you put down shit!! You live in mama’s basement…you talk like you have money…you have shit! Just a goof with a big mouth…miocic is on the verge of possibly winning the ufc heavy weight title. The ufc has a HUGE global following…bigger than the nhl and probably the nba globally…and this isn’t big? Fuck you!
Biggest moment in Cro sports in over a decade????????
Listen, I hope the guy wins. He is a small underdog and I just put down a few hundred on him with the current moneyline, but this is not huge for Croatia.
He is an American and not a Croatian citizen.
Plus, judging from his interviews when he was in Cro, he doesn’t speak the language. Its not like the people in Croatia are going to be up tonight watching his fight. It will be small, niche crowd. In terms of TV ratings it wouldn’t even register a 1.0 on Cro TV, so lets ease up on the hyperbole.
If this is the biggest thing in the last decade, then what have the water polo teams, handballs teams, dynamo, hajduk, hoops, soccer teams, Doper Cilic, Cro Davis Cup, etc…..done in the last decade. I guess not much.
Remember folks, UFC is a step below the WWE in terms of popularity. So, this is not huge.
anyone figure what time the actual fight will be?
Good posts. Love your support for fellow hrvati
Hope Stipe knocks him out.
Croatian crippler, i know makes my stomach turn…unbelievable! Mt tata is 77 years old…nervous as shit for Stipe! This is HUGE for all hrvati…my family in Germany is pumped…Stipe is a champ in my eyes no matter what! I’m a HUGE HUGE Miocic supporter!! Dude is a humble man….and a fucking animal lol. Unbelievable how athletic he is.
Your right this is huge for Hrvati. A proud Croatian fighting for the undisputed heavyweight title and guys on here are more concerned with Lebron James talk. Stipe already said he’s taking the title for Cleveland and Croatia. I know he has the support in Cleveland. Lets hope all the Hrvati are with him to.
Ziva….stupidity as usual! Stipe is a good croatian…and he knows what it means…this is a HUGE deal for croatian dispora and the entire croatian community. Biggest moment in sports for us in over a decade! We should all be behind him!
Does Stipe even know what “Za Dom….Spremni” means?
And I am not knocking him if he does or does not, but you can not comment you are rooting for him and say ZDS when the guy has no idea what it means.
This is a huge deal for a croatian getting a title shot. Stipe already did us proud…tomorrow Stipe knocks out verdum in the 2nd round. Stipe needs to watch out for his submissions…stipe is a better athlete and a tremendous boxer…stipe is younger and has a cast iron chin. Za dom spremni!!!! Bog I Hrvati!
I think Miocic will try keep this fight standing.
Werdum being a Brazilian jiu jitsu expert doesn’t care where this fight goes, and even if Miocic does manage to keep it standing, Werdum still wont be without a chance.
I can’t see Miocic winning this fight, but I hope I’m wrong, and, that anything that can happen, happens.
I agree you don’t draft on fit and I never would have touched Thompson, but he is perfect on that team right now.
And you are wrong on being able to sign Love as a free agent. They had no cap space to sign him as a free agent.
Also remember this, if one of those earlier picks has performed better they would not have been in a position to draft some of these guys later. For example is Bennett and Waiters had worked out, Wiggins would not have been available.
Either way, I am rooting for GS or OKC. I put money on both those teams at the start of the year.
It’s not about fit, it’s about value.
They could have signed Love for free. Minnesota had no leverage and they got two #1 picks for a player they were going lose for nothing.
I agree that Wiggins is probably not a good fit next to LeBron, but he could net you so much I’m a trade. So can Drummond. So can Jonas. Ironically, neither Kyrie nor Love have been a good fit either.
James Harden was being offered for Jonas when OKC wanted to trade him. Drummond is already an All Star today and could get you a star veteran if you wanted to trade him.
You get nothing like this for players like Tristan, Waiters and Bennett. You never draft on “fit”.
I am not confident about this fight for two big reasons:1) In Brazil, beyond the intense atmosphere, so many diseases there, not sure that Ohio immune system can handle it. 2) Never underestimate the amount of PEDs Brazilians abuse (and get away with)
Might be true, but if the Cavs made those picks and LeBron doesn’t come back, where would they be?
They wouldn’t be top 4 in the NBA right now; wouldn’t be top 4 in the East.
With this current version of the Cavs, Thompson is a better fit than Valanciunas. Not a better player, but a much better fit. You need someone who does the dirty work. And Love is a better fit than Wiggins right now. Wiggins will be an all star one day, but he can’t shoot the ball right now. With this current NBA and spreading the floor and valuing the 3-ball, Wiggins wouldn’t fit how the Cavs are playing.
Picking Bennett, Waiters was idiotic. No argument there.
I always like looking back at NBA drafts five years later.
The Cavs somehow managed to get three first overall picks and multiple other lotto picks and squandered almost all of them.
Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, trading Wiggins for a free agent Kevin Love… This is terrible.
Kyrie was the only good pick, and had they simply just used a mock draft found on the Internet (instead of their stupid scouts), they would have had multiple All-Star players right now alongside LeBron.
Every mock had Valanciunas over Tristan, Drummond or Lillard over Waiters, etc.
Just an incompetent GM who ruined a golden opportunity for Cleveland.
This stretch of ball he’s playing is historic, but I’m not sure its the best ever. Definitely up there in terms of all time great stretches.
If GS keeps it up and keeps the core together, it’ll propel Curry into the GOAT discussion – but he needs some more time at the top in order to enter that discussion.
I don’t think Lebron fucked up the Cavs. I bet Lebron thought he was going to put together another squad and reel off another title or two with Kyrie, Love & Co. but he probably never envisioned GS turning into a historic team like they have. Almost feel bad for Lebron… felt like he was trying to do the right thing in going back to Cleveland and win one for his state/city. As long as GS stays together, he probably won’t win another in his lifetime unless they somehow magically sign another superstar ala Durant, Drummond, DeRozan, etc. but I doubt they have any type of cap room to make that happen. Lebron is going to sign a HUGE deal this offseaon and Love and Kyrie already have big deals.
It’ll be Cavs v. GS in the Final again and it’ll be a similar result to last year. GS will win the series 4-1, 4-2. Won’t be close, GS will mop the floor with the Cavs.
Miocic to bring a title back to Cleveland before Lebron.
Lebron doesn’t stand a chance cause GSW and curry and company just too good. Curry is doing things that noone has done, in my opinion he is playing the best basketball ever…PERIOD.
By the way stipe miocic will get his title, its destiny been saying it since day one.
I am going to use the term Mental Midget, and it is going to be used appropriately, take note: Lebron is a mental midget, only he can screw up a team as talented as the Cavs this year.