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Ex-mat stars Miocic gets KO, Cummins falls at UFC 198

Stipe Miocic, former Cleveland State wrestler, scored a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum to win the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championships heavyweight title, while ex-Penn State big man Patrick Cummins was knocked out in the first round of his bout at UFC 198 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil Saturday night.

Miocic brings title to Cleveland

"Cleveland, we've got a champion, baby," Miocic, a native of suburban Euclid, Ohio who wrestled for the CSU Vikings during the 2003 season, said of his infamously championship-starved hometown.

Stipe Miocic
"Miocic was backpedaling when Werdum aggressively charged after him and ran right into a looping right hand which caught him flush on the jaw," Dave Doyle wrote for MMAFighting.com. "Werdum face-planted to the mat and the bout was waved off at the 2:47 mark of the opening round in front of an estimated 45,000 fans at Arena de Baixada."

"The two men traded punches and kicks before Werdum made his move -- and his mistake," mixed martial-arts website Sherdog.com reported. "The 38-year-old Kings MMA rep charged forward and walked right into a counter right hook from the backpedaling Miocic His lights were out before he landed on the mat, his reign atop the heavyweight division and six-fight winning streak at an end."

"This was an ideal result for Miocic," according to MMAMania.com. "The two were trading rather evenly, but Miocic was able to capitalize on a reckless moment from his opponent. That's all it took for him to win a world title.

"Honestly, there's not a whole lot to analyze. Miocic spent a couple minutes kickboxing with his opponent, and neither man really pulled ahead. Then, he knocked his opponent out cold."

Along with the UFC heavyweight title, Miocic is now 15-2 overall, while Werdum had a six-fight win streak snapped, and drops to 20-6-1.

A loss for Penn State alum Cummins

Two-time NCAA All-American wrestler Patrick "Durkin" Cummins was the victim of a TKO at 4:52 of the first round at the hands of Antonio Rogerio "Little Nog" Nogueira in their 205-pound light-heavyweight bout at UFC 198.

"Cummins keeps his lead left hand outstretched as he circles cautiously around Nogueira in the opening minute, giving the Brazilian southpaw a few inside kicks to the knee ..." Sherdog.com reported in its live coverage. "Cummins takes a hard right hook on the jaw and staggers backward to the fence, where Nogueira assaults him with more heavy punches. Another left hook lands before a right cross drops "Durkin" to his knees at the base of the fence. Cummins survives Nogueira's ground-and-pound and somehow powers back to his feet, where he's met with three more crushing left hands from the former Pride champ. The shots put Cummins out on his feet, and referee Leon Roberts steps in to save him from any further damage."

Cummins drops to 8-4 (with two consecutive losses), while "Little Nog" is now 22-7, coming off of two consecutive losses.

Before launching his MMA career in 2010, Cummins made a name for himself in the 285-pound weight class ... despite being a walk-on at Penn State. He became a two-time NCAA All-American, placing third at the 2003 NCAAs, then making it to the heavyweight finals of the 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, where he lost to 2002 champ Tommy Rowlands of Ohio State in the finals.

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