Stipe Miocic will return to Jiu Jitsu and compete against police officer Aaron Howard in a purple belt gi match, which will serve as the co-main event of the evening.
While this match is for charity, Jiu-Jitsu fans are buzzing about seeing one of the greatest UFC Champions ever on the mats in a organized Jiu-Jitsu match.
Fight 2 Win CEO Seth Daniels tells the Jiu JItsu Times that Miocic’s coach reached out and said that the UFC fighter wanted to be on the card. “I’ve met Stipe multiple times that we’ve gone to Cleveland,” says Daniels. “He’s always there and supports the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him compete in the gi, so he’s putting himself at a bit of a disadvantage, but it’s not like he wants to be the top grappler in the world. He wants to fight in front of his friends and family.”
The match is set to take place at Fight 2 Win 110 in Cleveland on April 27th. Miocic hopes to use this fight to raise awareness and funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
You can watch Miocic vs. Howard, and the full Fight 2 Win streams live on FloGrappling on Saturday, April 27.
Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.