Former multi-time UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has stayed busy outside of the octagon since his defeat to current champion Francis Ngannou back in March.
The former baddest man on the planet has already been known to give back to his community, such as him being a firefighter in two different Ohio towns, something he’s done since before he even started fighting.
However, there’s something else important to him, and that’s that everyone can go to a good gym across the US.
For instance, he helped revitalize a local gym named Revolution Fight & Fitness, and the plan is to take it much further than that. With the help of partners Modelo and the UFC, they’ve kicked off a national initiative with Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that refurbishes gyms across the nation.
“As a fighter who has experienced first hand the community support that our local gyms can provide, I am honored to help revitalize Revolution Fight & Fitness in my hometown of Euclid.
“This is just the start of what’s to come from the Modelo and UFC revitalization efforts, which is sure to help spark the fighting spirit for those in need across the country.” – Miocic
He continued: “It means everything to me because my whole career, not even just with fighting but just growing up as a kid, I’ve been helped out a lot. I just wanted to give back, I love giving back.
“I think that if you give back you might make someone’s day, month, year, life, you don’t know. It makes you feel like a better person, it makes you feel like you did something.
“It’s keeping people out of trouble, kids, older kids, out of trouble. They’re not doing dumb things. When I started training it helped me stay out of trouble because I wasn’t going out all of the time because I was training and that’s what I was worried about and I was beat up and sore so I didn’t want to do anything.
“I wanted to stay home and save my money and do my thing and it was great. That’s what I love about what they’re doing here with the revitalizing the gyms.”
“For kids that are thinking about doing it, do it. Worst thing is you don’t like it but I’m telling you you’re going to love it. No one’s ever said they do not like punching a bag. It gives them responsibility, it gives them discipline, it gives them organization of what they’re going to do, (and) it gives them almost a lesson of adulthood.”
With the help of three highly successful companies, the UFC, Modelo, and Rebuilding Together, Miocic will surely be able to continue helping the human race. In his words, that’s what he does.
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