UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic, right, a Cleveland native, talks with Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, left, after taking batting practice with the Indians, before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, in Cleveland, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. M
Phil Long
May 17, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) Stipe Miocic can knock out more than opponents in the octagon.

The newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion and Cleveland native, hit a home run into the left field bleachers while taking batting practice with the Indians before Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.

Miocic won UFC 198 Saturday when he knocked out Fabricio Werdum in the first round in Brazil.

Miocic, who played baseball in high school and college, showed his skills with the lumber. He hit several line drives before taking one over the 19-foot high wall on his final swing from coach Brad Mills, who was throwing batting practice.

Several Indians players surrounding the cage yelled and threw their arms in the air while Miocic pumped his fist.

''It was awesome,'' he said. ''It was just cool to hang out and be part of this. They're amazing guys. They're awesome guys.''

The new champ returned to Cleveland on Monday and has experienced a whirlwind of events since. He wore a No. 1 Indians jersey with his name on the back with a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey underneath.

Miocic planned to attend Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final between the Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, across the street at Quicken Loans Arena.

''It's still surreal honestly,'' he said. ''It's never going to sink in. When I'm tired, old and fat, that's when I'm really going to appreciate it.''

Miocic, 33, attended Eastlake North High School and went to college at Cleveland State. He resides in Parma, a Cleveland suburb.

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