Stipe's last loss in the UFC came against JDS. Since then he's fought Mark Hunt, Arlovski, Werdum and Overeem - all victories by knockout. That brings his career total to 12 knockouts out of his 16 wins. That's impressive but I think a closer look at his recent wins is important.
After Stipe's loss to JDS, he would take on Mark Hunt. We saw early Stipe take Hunt to the mat, hold him down while working strikes and submission attempts. Even after eating left hooks from JDS and holding a reach advantage, we saw Miocic standing tall in the pocket against Hunt - getting countered with shots, particularly the left hook. He still showed a good pace and mixed it up well but he was drawn into a slugfest at the end of the second round. In my opinion, not much for improvements on Stipe's end in relation to his bout versus JDS but showed to be the better athlete and wrestler than Mark Hunt.
His next fight would be against Andrei Arlovski, who at the time was on a surprising but exciting career resurgence after defeating Schaub, Bigfoot Silva, Browne and Frank Mir. However, there's a couple of those wins were questionable and he hardly survived a fight with Browne. Aside from the usual "one punch" factor of the heavyweight division, it was hard to see an outcome that didn't result in Arlovski getting KO'd. Which is precisely what happened. Even so, we saw once again Miocic get hit with the left hook counter... though without consequence.
After two knockout victories, Stipe is granted a title shot against Fabricio Werdum in Curitiba, Brazil. This was a nice performance from Miocic who kept his composure and used a lot of feints to draw out Werdum's attack... it worked very effectively because after he landed a right hand, it seemed Werdum though Miocic was hurt and literally chased him. No regard for Stipe's power, no mind to cage cut... Werdum just chased him and as we've seen from Stipe before, he can strike moving backward. However, Miocic moved very little in the pocket and kept getting hit whenever Werdum would press forward with combinations. His striking defense is OK but his footwork seems to lack at times. There's a reason he absorbs 3.26 significant strikes. Again, the issues of counter shots and left hooks are consistent.
That leads us to the latest performance against Alistair Overeem. A bizarre fight because Overeem was literally running from him... kind of funny when we just saw Werdum running at him. Whether it was a tactic to keep his range (in other words, not get hit in his chinny chin) or a way to corral Stipe into the counter left hand, it worked. At least for a moment. Miocic's arms were low, he was standing upright and once Overeem stopped running around the cage, he walked directly into a straight left hand that dropped him. Overeem went for the guillotine which I personally was very excited about at the time because that was my initial pick, Overeem by submission, before I ended up setting on Miocic by knockout. But after some more running and chasing, Miocic went right back to using very minimal feints and footwork while Overeem used kicks and another counter left hand to wobble Miocic. In the end, the battle of chins weighed in Stipe's favor as he caught a kick, tripped Alistair, and knocked him standing in his guard. Neither of these two fighter's finest performances.