UFC officials Wednesday announced that a heavyweight contest
between unbeaten prospects Stipe
Miocic and Philip De
Fries will go down at
UFC on Fuel 1.
Taking place Feb. 15 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., the
event features an additional heavyweight confrontation between
Struve and Dave Herman,
as well as a 170-pound headliner pitting Diego
Sanchez against Jake
Ellenberger. Airing live on Fuel TV, the show marks the
promotion’s first of six planned live events on the Fox-owned cable
station in 2012.
Miocic (Pictured), 29, is a former NCAA Division I wrestler from
Cleveland State University who also boxed his way to the
quarterfinals of the 2009 Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.
Turning to MMA in 2010, the Ohioan finished his first six opponents
en route to capturing the North American Allied Fight Series
heavyweight title. Miocic made his UFC debut on Oct. 8, outpointing
durable veteran Joey
Beltran at UFC 136.
De Fries last competed on Nov. 5, earning a unanimous decision over
Broughton at UFC 138. Prior to his UFC debut, the 25-year-old
had submitted each of his first seven opponents. In his two years
as a professional, the Brit has finished six of his eight foes in
the first round, submitting five by rear-naked choke.