On Sunday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off the single greatest comeback in the history of the NBA Finals (and arguably NBA playoffs history), stunning the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in game 7 to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win their first championship in franchise history. The heavily mocked city of Cleveland hadn't won a major team sports title since 1964, and against all odds, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving spearheaded a comeback for the ages that culminated in handing the record-setting Warriors their first 3 game losing streak in over 2 years.
Today, the city of Cleveland is having its championship celebration parade, something that seemed like another pipe dream after their game 4 loss on June 10th. LeBron James had already won 2 titles in Miami, but getting one in his return to the Cavaliers was the one he desperately wanted, and through his legendary performances, and this inhuman erasure of Andre Iguodala's lay-up, he got it.
As the Cleveland fans line the streets and soak in an emotional day in the city's sporting history, there is a certain UFC fighter who is part of the parade. You guessed it, it's reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. I guess you could say that the dubbed "Cleveland Curse" was broken when Miocic KO'd Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198. You can watch him with his UFC belt at the top of the page (via Zombie Prophet), as well as pictures of him in the tweets below.
The one who broke the curse leads the parade! @stipemiocicufc #cavsparade #OneForTheLand @cavs pic.twitter.com/lMPQNdEVCh— UFC (@ufc) June 22, 2016
Check out more BTS on Snapchat!— UFC (@ufc) June 22, 2016
UFC l @stipemiocicufc @cavs #cavsparade #OneForTheLand pic.twitter.com/9wrWYMFUU6
.@stipemiocicufc joins the @cavs for the victory parade in Cleveland! This. Is. Awesome!! pic.twitter.com/3USJRawnDW— UFC (@ufc) June 22, 2016
Perhaps we should've seen this coming. After all, Miocic went into hostile territory and took the UFC heavyweight title away from Fabricio Werdum. One month later, Golden State Warriors fan Luke Rockhold lost his UFC middleweight title to Michael Bisping in one of the biggest upsets of the year. The signs were clearly there.
The Cavaliers won't be unveiling their championship banner at Quicken Loans Arena until the new NBA season begins in October. In the meantime, Miocic is set to defend his title against Alistair Overeem in the same arena at UFC 203 on September 10th.