UFC champ to visit Water Street Tavern


09/22/16 Stipe Miocic UFC

Lauren Rathmell

Water Street Tavern is once again bringing a famous personality to the Kent community.

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will visit Water Street on Sunday to sign autographs, watch the Cleveland Browns game and hang out with his fans. And yes, he will be bringing his championship belt for the photo op.

“We’re thrilled to have Cleveland’s own reigning UFC champion coming to Kent to meet-and-greet with our customers,” said Mike Beder, owner of Water Street Tavern. “Stipe is such a devout supporter of all things Cleveland, and we are the downtown Kent home of the Cleveland Browns Backers.”

Miocic, a Cleveland native, made headlines once again when he was able to take home the win at UFC 203 in downtown Cleveland, defending his title and remaining the UFC heavyweight champion.

Water Street Tavern is no stranger to hosting celebrities. This past spring, 50 Cent made an appearance at the popular downtown bar.

“I think we’ve done a good job of taking care of them and making sure they had a good experience with our crowds,” Beder said. “Word has traveled in the … community that Water Street Tavern is a place where celebrities can have a good interaction with their fans.”

Miocic is scheduled to arrive at Water Street Tavern at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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