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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 198’s Stipe Miocic

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 198 headliner Stipe Miocic, who looks to dethrone his opponent this Saturday (May 14, 2016) inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

One of the few elite Heavyweights who hasn’t been in the sport for more than a decade, Stipe Miocic, is set to battle with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin, Fabricio Werdum, this Saturday (May 14, 2016) inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

Miocic has come a long way. In his first three UFC fights, Miocic relied on toughness and wrestling to grind down his opponents, as he was certainly hittable on the feet. This eventually lead to a loss opposite Stefan Struve, as a fatigued Miocic succumbed to his opponent’s uppercuts.

Since then, Miocic’s technique has improved quite a bit, and he’s really found his groove. Now that he possesses a fluid and well-rounded game, Miocic will look to lay claim to the championship belt.

Let’s take a closer look at this skill set:

Striking

On his feet, Miocic packs a disciplined and powerful boxing attack. On the whole, he’s not doing anything particularly complex, but he’s attacking with from a measured stance and rarely over-commits or drops his hands.

Miocic does does most of his work from the outside, where he’s active with his footwork and feints. For a good-sized heavyweight, Miocic is quite mobile and generally keeps himself at the perfect range to land his punches. Plus, he’s constantly feinting his straight punches, waiting to counter any punches that these feints draw out.

Feints are a major part of Miocic’s success. Since his offensive boxing at range is pretty straight forward — Miocic largely stabs at his opponent with jabs and crosses (GIF) — it’s imperative that Miocic ….View full article

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