UFC champ Stipe Miocic opens up about working as a first responder during coronavirus pandemic


VALLEY VIEW, Ohio (WJW) — He may be the UFC Heavyweight Champion, but right now, Stipe Miocic is in the fight of his life.

“It makes you nervous. We put ourselves in harm’s way. This is what we signed up for,” said Miocic.

Stipe is a Valley View firefighter and among the first responders and healthcare personnel on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not just me going to work and helping people. The problem would be if I contracted it, I would take it home to my beautiful wife and beautiful daughter. They are young but there is still that chance. People have not survived. It scares me,” said Miocic.

On Wednesday, the Valley View Fire Department was on the receiving end of Lago’s “Essential Meals for Essential Employees” program, which allows people in the community to sponsor meals for frontline workers.

“People don’t realize what these people are doing on a daily basis, to keep us safe, they put themselves in harm’s way. So, a hot meal when they are working long hours is the least we can do. Some of them don’t even get breaks,” said Fabio Salerno, owner.

And speaking of breaks, Stipe says any fighting is on the back burner for now.

Miocic regained the UFC title last summer and there was talk of a trilogy match this summer.

“I’m not even worried about it right now. The pandemic, that is all I am worried about. Coming to work, doing my job, going home. I am not worried about fighting, honestly,” said Miocic.

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