10 Things You May Not Know About Stipe Miocic

After defending his Heavyweight Championship last weekend, we wondered what fans might not know about the Cleveland hero. Here is our list:


1. He is a stand-out athlete in several sports.


Before Stipe became an MMA fighter, he was a nationally ranked wrestler for Cleveland State University and also played third base for the Vikings. He transferred to Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee to play baseball. After his win in May, he hit two home runs during a Cleveland Indians batting practice.


2. His back tattoo means…

Stipe back tattoo

According to Stipe, it means “Strongstyle fight family,” and “Passion.” He trains out of Strongstyle Mixed Martial Arts Training Center in Independence, Ohio, which he says is “the best gym ever!” They recently wrapped their gym in his Championship photo.


3. His favorite movie is Deadpool.

Stipe Miocic Deadpool
“I wish I could be him.”
We can see it.


4. He has two dogs, Mia and Primo.

Mia (left) and Primo (right) (courtesy of Stipe Miocic)

Awww. You can actually follow Primo on Instagram at @primomiocic


5. He is a fireman at two fire stations.

(Photo courtesy of DVN Photography)

While training, he is able to pick his shifts to work at Valley View Fire Department and Oakwood Fire Department. His co-workers enjoy messing with him and even made him stand on the street and wave at people while wearing his belt.


6. His mom works here at Elk & Elk.

Stipe Miocic Elk & Elk

That’s how we know him! After his win in May, he came to see the entire office and take photos. He is a self-proclaimed mama’s boy and calls his mom his hero. She has his gloves and signed photos up at her desk.


7. He is hilarious on social media.

His personality really comes through as he responds to the “haters” on social media. He often retweets an insult and makes a joke out of it. His two title wins say more than enough to the trolls. His accounts are all under @stipemiocicufc. Give him a follow!


8. After he defended his title last weekend, he ate…

“Breakfast food and pancakes. The ultimate feast!”



9. He can take a nap or sleep at any time of the day.

Photo courtesy of Stipe Miocic Facebook

“My napping skills are sharp.”


10. He is extremely active in the community.

Aside from his service as a fireman, he supports any charity that helps animals or children. He credits his victories to not only his team and his close support system, but the entire city of Cleveland. He is always willing to take a photo with fans or sign autographs.

Bonus: Stipe’s nickname?

Stipe Miocic Nickname Twitter
How to Pronounce Stipe Miocic

We are Proud to be on Team Stipe Miocic.

How to tell if your elderly loved one is in danger behind the wheel

Looking out for an aging parent or elderly relative can raise challenging questions and force you to initiate difficult conversations. You’ve probably noticed your loved one’s driving abilities beginning to decline, but how do you know when it’s time for them to hang up the keys for good?

How old is too old to drive?Too Old to Drive

It depends. We all feel the effects of aging at different rates, suffer different age-related health issues and have different skill and experience levels behind the wheel. All drivers suffer some decline in their driving abilities as they get older, but it wouldn’t be reasonable or fair to force everyone to give up their keys at a certain age.

When evaluating your loved one’s ability to safely continue driving, consider the following areas:

1. Cognitive Conditions

Do they have trouble focusing or solving problems? Have you noticed any symptoms of Alzheimer’s, dementia or another condition that could interfere with their driving abilities? A person’s mental health can sometimes begin to deteriorate long before their body, making it vital to watch for early warning signs.

2. Physical Abilities

Most people lose some range of motion as they age, but falls, injuries or conditions that weaken muscles, coordination and reaction time could put your loved one at a much greater risk of a crash. Pay attention to their ability to control the vehicle, check blind spots and adjust to changing road conditions.

3. Prescription Medications

Does your loved one take any medication(s) on a regular basis? What are the side effects of the drugs individually and when taken in combination?  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 95 percent of senior citizens take medications that could impair their driving.

Use this interactive database to help determine if your loved one’s medications are putting them at risk.

4. Driving History

Did your loved one recently cause a collision, or have you witnessed some close calls? Have they received multiple warnings or citations from law enforcement? These are some of the more obvious signs of a decline in driving ability, and can be used as examples if you decide to bring up the issue.

What to do

If you realize it is no longer safe for your loved one to be behind the wheel, plan a time to sit down with them to discuss your concerns. Be firm but supportive, explain your reasoning and offer some alternative transportation options that could help ease their transition.

What measures can you take if your loved one refuses to stop driving, but you know they need to? Read this post for information on filing a reexamination request with your local licensing office.

When man’s best friend isn’t so friendly: Tips for avoiding dog bites

You’re jogging down the sidewalk when, out of nowhere, an unfamiliar dog comes charging toward you. Do you run the opposite direction? Scream at the top of your lungs?

In this scenario, following your Avoiding Dog Bitesfirst instinct would probably be the worst decision you could make. Loud noises or sudden movements will further provoke the dog, and your odds of outrunning one are slim.

Being attacked by a dog is a traumatic experience, and can leave victims with serious or even fatal injuries. There’s no surefire way to prevent an attack by an aggressive dog, but there are measures you can take to help deescalate the situation if one approaches you.

Follow these tips for avoiding dog bites on your walks, runs and bike rides.

4 tips for avoiding dog bites:

1. Be prepared

Carry pepper spray or an animal deterrent spray each time you go out for a walk, run or bike ride. A spare article of clothing, umbrella or extendable bite stick could also help distract or hold off the dog if an attack is inevitable.

2. Stand very still

The movements of runners and bikers often serve as a trigger for a dog’s prey drive. As soon as you realize a dog is approaching you, stop where you are and turn slightly away from the animal.

3. Remain calm

An attacking dog instinctively takes advantage of “prey” that appears scared or weak. While you must avoid coming off as a threat, appearing calm and confident shows the dog you are dominant and in control of the situation.

4. Avoid eye contact

Dogs are not generally inclined to attack humans unless they feel threatened, but looking a dog in the eye signals a challenge. Keep the dog in your peripheral vision to help you track its movements without further provoking it.

Ideally the dog will realize you are not a threat and eventually lose interest, giving you a chance to slowly exit the area. If the dog proceeds to attack despite your efforts, do your best to protect your face, throat and chest, and keep your hands balled into fists to protect your fingers.

On the flip side

Be sure you’re doing your part to prevent your dog from becoming aggressive with others. Always supervise your dog when it’s outside or keep it contained in your yard. Watch for holes in your fence or other ways your dog could escape, as was the case when two Cane Corso dogs attacked an Elyria woman earlier this year.

All dog owners, especially those who own dogs considered dangerous or vicious, have a duty to keep their animal confined. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation if you or a loved one were seriously injured by a dog.