Stipe Miocic: The year started off with a bang for Miocic. Just two days into the year he knocked out Andrei Arlovski in 54 seconds at UFC 195 to become the #1 contender for Fabricio Werdum’s Heavyweight Championship. Four months later, at UFC 198, Miocic stepped into the cage to face then-champion Fabricio Werdum. Not only was Miocic a heavy underdog, he was fighting Werdum in front of over 45,000 fans in Brazil. Miocic wasn’t fazed as he knocked out Werdum in the first round to capture the UFC Heavyweight Title. Stipe completed the trifecta of first round knockouts when he defeated Alistair Overeem in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio at UFC 203.
The race for Fighter of the Year was as close as ever. Here are the four fighters Miocic barely edged out:
2. Michael Bisping
3. Amanda Nunes
4. Cody Garbrandt
5. Conor McGregor
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