Stipe Miocic made his successful debut inside the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 136, defeating Joey Beltran over the course of three rounds (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Miocic won the first round, taking down Beltran a couple of times and edging him in the stand-up. The second round was much closer as both men went toe-to-toe as Miocic tired as the fight went on, both men landing shots. The slugfest continued into the third, although both men were gassed to a point in which many of the blows had no effect. Miocic finished the round in top control, taking down Beltran late to secure the dominant win.
Beltran knocked out Aaron Rosa at UFC 131 in June, staving off a release from the promotion after dropping two straight to Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione. He debuted at UFC 109 against Rolles Gracie, defeating the BJJ black belt via TKO in the second round. He followed up the upset win with an unanimous decision victory over Tim Hague at UFC 113.
Miocic was ranked #5 on BloodyElbow.com's 2011 World MMA Scouting Report. He entered tonight's contest with a perfect record of 6-0, nearly all of those wins coming under NAAFS in Ohio. He trains out of Strong Style Fight Team with UFC veteran Forrest Petz and Bellator's Chris Lozano. He also ranked nationally in wrestling at 197 lbs. alongside Nik Fekete, Ryan Bader, and Muhammed Lawal.