All You Need to Know About Stipe Miocic and Machine Gun Kelly’s Unique Friendship

Published 03/23/2021, 12:51 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Stipe Miocic celebrates after his victory over Daniel Cormier in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Stipe Miocic is one of the most decorated fighters in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His style of fighting and his hard moves are nothing but a visual treat to his fans. The 38-year-old American fighter is a superstar in the game and holds numerous records to his name.

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The most prominent record of the fighter is that he is a two-time and current UFC Heavyweight Champion. The champion is considered to be a veteran of MMA and as of 2021 is ranked at #3 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Miocic is considered to be a true gentleman and is also one of the most loved MMA champions of the UFC. The news of his friendship with Machine Gun Kelly is something that is quite wholesome and adds to the charm of the fighter’s persona.

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Stipe Miocic and Machine Gun Kelly: First Meet-Up

The American heavyweight champion and the American hip hop artist both hail from the same place in Cleveland and have known each other for about four years now. Their first meet was when the singer had finished off his performance in the House of Blues in Cleveland and somehow got into a fight with an old acquaintance. That is when Miocic stepped in and helped the singer get through it.

This is what Kelly said in one of his interviews:- “Everyone saw it looked like it would break out into something.

“You just saw the world champ come out of nowhere and step in like, ‘Who’s messing with my boy?’  That’s like Muhammad Ali coming up to James Brown when he’s getting into it, and Ali being like, ‘Are you good? You need me to take care of it?’ It’s the most infamous fighting hands in the world.”

Miocic’s and Kelly’s Unique Friendship

There is no doubt that the duo hit it off from their very first meeting. Both of them had their origins in the same place. Miocic was then seen entering the Octagon in Brazil with Kelly’s song ‘Till I Die’. This song had quite a deep meaning which portrays coming from that part of Ohio where the duo originated from.

The heavyweight champion related to this song from the core and considered this to be a motivation for him. “I was listening one day, thinking, ‘This is a great song … why don’t I walk out to this?

“That song gets me going. It gets me pumped up.”

After that, the fighter and singer have been seen quite a number of times supporting each other. The song also went platinum, and more than 1 million copies of it were sold.

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Stipe Miocic is interviewed after his TKO victory over Daniel Cormier in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kelly is a big fan of the fighter, saying, “I’ll put it like this,” Machine Gun Kelly says. “If we had a mathematician that blew up and won a Nobel Prize. I’d be happy, but seeing one of our boys just go out there and knock people. The f— out is the coolest thing ever to watch. That may just be the savage in me in the way I was raised, but there’s something exciting about that.

“The strong survive. And our boy is the strongest.”

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Undoubtedly, Stipe Miocic is one of the legendary fighters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Besides being a great athlete, he is also one of the best human beings in the game.

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Abhilasha Singh

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Abhilasha Singh is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her post-graduation from The University of Texas in Austin, she combines her keen eye for details and her love for the sport to give readers pristine content on everything UFC. Abhilasha is a hardcore fan of Amanda Nunes, Georges St Pierre, and Stipe Miocic, but Conor McGregor is the one who tops her list.

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