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UFC 198: Stipe Miocic upsets Fabricio Werdum, wins heavyweight title

UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum of Brazil, left,

UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum of Brazil, left, and Stipe Miocic of the United States face off during the UFC 198 weigh-in at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 13, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil. Photo Credit: Getty Images/ Buda Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO — Stipe Miocic of the United States has beaten Brazil’s Fabricio Werdum in front of his shocked home crowd and is the new UFC heavyweight champion.

The American fighter used his boxing expertise to knock out the Brazilian in the first round of UFC 198 in Curitiba, Southern Brazil on Saturday.

Miocic, an Ohio firefighter, has won six of his past seven fights.

Werdum had won five straight fights, highlighted by a win against Mark Hunt for the interim title and then a submission victory against Cain Velasquez in a unification bout.

The bout was scheduled for February until Werdum pulled out with injuries and forced a postponement.

The event was held in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,000 fans at Arena da Baixada.

New York Sports