So we close out UFC 203 with CM Punk's reckoning and Stipe Miocic retaining the UFC Title. What a day of fights! We'll see you for UFC 204 next! Till then, thanks for joining us :)
SK Out \m/
More controversy after the fight as Alistair Overeem claims that Miocic tapped out in the guillotine. Wow. Joe Rogan asks for the replay and there is NO evidence of a tap in that. So that is that. Overeem thanks Cleveland for being hospitable and we're done for the day.
They touch up and circle each other. Overeem is maintaining distance and lands a powerful body kick. He follows that up with a straight let that floors the Champion!
Overeem follows up with a guillotine attempt that Stipe recovers sufficently to fight out of. Stipe with short sharp punches now, Overeem is hurt! Stipe follows him to try and land the knockout blow but Alistair manages to cover up and run away.
Overeem with an overhand right now as he turns into an oncoming Miocic. Miocic seems momentarily hurt as Overeem piles on the pressure with knees in the clinch. Stipe fights out.
It's all Stipe now as he is walking Overeem down and landing shots against his hulking frame, against the cage. Overeem tries to find room here but Stipe takes him down.
He lands powerful punches, a couple to the head and a couple to the body. Overeem is seriously hurt here! His head bounces off the canvas as Stipe rains down with ground and pound. Overeem is out! The fight is over!
Result: Stipe Miocic wins by Knockout 4:27 seconds into Round 1
The crowd is chanting for Stipe as we get Round 1 underway
This is an interesting stylistic match-up. Overeem would look to maintain distance and use his lethal kicks. Miocic has granite hands and would obviously like to keep the fight in boxing range, where he can use his short, tight punches.
That's how he slept former UFC Heavyweight Champion Werdum to get the title in the first place.
Both Overeem and Miocic are out, and Bruce Buffer makes his final introductions of the night as we reach the main event of the evening. The crowd is obviously going crazy for the hometown hero, Stipe Miocic.
Next we determine who the Baddest Man on the Planet is, when UFC Heavweight Champion Stipe Miocic defends his belt against MMA legend Alistair Overeem
We start round 3 with with Werdum straight away looking more aggressive. He lands to the head, and then to the body with level changing punches. That right hand over the top is working for Werdum, throughout the fight.
Travis Browne is looking to get his jab going, but Werdum slips and counters with the straight right. Fabricio goes for a single leg but Browne stuffs it pretty easily. Neither man looks to be pushing the pace here as Werdum tries to land a flurry. Browne isn't there.
Werdum has landed the inside leg kick and goes into the clinch to follow up with a nice knee. Browne lands a right hand in reply, which Werdum smiles at. Werdum keeps trying this ridiculous ankle pick, that has fell flat this whole fight.
The clock winds down, as Werdum has most probably coasted to a victory here after an explosive first round.
Controversy after the fight as both fighters come into the Octagon to wait for a decision. It looked like Travis Browne's trainer, Edmund Tarverdyan had a go at Werdum, who retaliated.
Whoa. What was that all about?
Result: Fabricio Werdum by Unanimous Decision (3-,27,29-27,29-28)
We start round 2 in the same explosive vein that closed out round 1. Werdum landing nice one-twos as Browne looks to counter him. Werdum goes for Browne's ankles but is left sitting on the floor as Travis veers away.
Werdum calls him into his guard but Browne wants nothing of that. The referee stands them up and we resume hostilities on the feet again. The action has trailed off a little here as Werdum looks to mix in his boxing with kicks to the body.
Travis Browne responds with teepe kicks to the body. Browne with the let jab, but isn't throwing his injured right hand at all. It is so obvious that the finger is bothering him. His right hand is cocked, but he isn't throwing it at all.
Close second round. Werdum didn't do much in this round.
Werdum opens with a FLYING SIDE KICK to the face. Browne looks rattled. Werdum shakes his head as though to affirm that it really happened. Ladies and gentlemen, we're in for a fight.
Werdum tries another outrageous move. This looked more Capoeira than anything else. Travis Browne calls for a break, pointing at his hand. The referee stops this fight as the doctors come in to check on him.
This is weird. He winces in pain as the doctors check on him. Looks like he may have dislocated a finger or something. But he says he is okay and we continue with the fight.
Werdum doing all the attacking here as he follows leg kicks up with powerful jabs. Travis returns with a right hook of his own. Werdum floors Browne with a right overhand coming over the top. He gets his back and closes out the round landing punches and attempting the Rear naked choke.
Browne just manages to make it out there.
What a round!
Bruce Buffer makes the introductions and the bell sounds for Round 1.
We traverse to the Heavyweight Division next, as former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum rematches Ronda Rousey's Flame, Travis Browne.
CM Punk with an emotional speech after the fight, about how every kid out there should never take 'No' for an answer. He took a crazy risk in coming into the UFC and doing what he did. And he paid the price for it.
You can definitely belittle him or his skills, but CM Punk has won everyone's respect. That is something you can't deny.
CM Punk's face looks bruised up and reddened. Bruce Buffer announces the winner as Mickey Gall by Rear Naked Choke in 2:14 of Round 1.
CM Punk rushes in and Gall takes him down immediately. He lands a few powerful shots and is mauling CM Punk on the ground. He takes his back and looks to try and choke him out. Punk valiantly fights out a little, but Mickey Gall manages to lock in the choke.
CM Punk taps out.
Reality strikes eh?
It's Clobbering time!
He looks pumped up for the fight, as he high-fives the audience on his walk to the Octagon. CM Punk looks lean and ready. Calm and collected. But let's see how this experiment turns out.
And It's Cult of Personality! The arena erupts. Win or lose, CM Punk is a superstar.
Mickey Gall makes his way out. We await CM Punk.
And there has also been quite a lot of talk about which song CM Punk will walk out to. The arena would probably erupt if it is Cult of Personality! Punk himself has drawn a lot of attention to it, playing his cards close to his chest and not revealing anything
What do you guys think? Can CM Punk manage a miraculous victory here?
A lot has been made out of how he is undeserving of a spot on the card and all that. But the bottom line is that he brings the interest of many fans into the sport. And that can only be a good thing.
As for everyone writing him off, it is with good reason. But in the fight game, you never know. Fingers crossed.
CM Punk fights next!
They come back out for Round 3. Straight away Faber looks to close the distance and swing wildly with left and a right hook. Rivera ducks out of the way before landing a nice left hook for his troubles.
Rivera lands another leg kick, that Faber tries to catch, but unsuccessfully. Rivera follows up with a nice left hook that lands again. Looks like Rivera is edging this fight, as he lands another powerful leg kick.
We break as Rivera is on the receiving end of an eyepoke from Faber. Looked like an open handed slap, straight into the right eye of Rivera. Ooh. Not clean.
The doctor comes in to check up on him, and we resume the hostilities.
Faber tries a front kick to the face, that Rivera ducks and returns fire with a few short, sharp punches. Rivera goes back to chewing up that leg with kicks, as Faber seems to be more willing to close the distance in attempt to exchange.
Rivera is landing an occasional leg kick, but not much action to otherwise speak about as we head into the final seconds of round 3. Rivera seems to be coasting and Faber seems reluctant to pursue him as the clock ticks down.
They both walk away to their corners, with Rivera claiming that he can't see out of his right eye. He should have taken this fight.
Decision: Jimmie Rivera by Unanimous Decision (30-27 across the board)
We resume with Round 2. Both fighters go back to status quo. Neither is willing to commit too much, but Rivera seems to be a little more willing of the two to walk forward, as he eats an accidental leg to the groin or his efforts. We break to give Rivera a few seconds to recover.
They resume in the middle of the Octagon as Faber looks to be faking many strikes, perhaps just to get Rivera to react and catch him over-reacting. Rivera, on the other hand, is looking to stand and trade. He isn't having success with that either, as Faber doesn't seem too willing to close the distance in a gung-ho manner.
Rivera is landing a few hard legs here, as Urijah is betraying signs that his left leg is compromised. It sure does look red. But nothing too obvious otherwise. Rivera would do well to target it.
To be fair, both fighters seems gun shy to an extent. Perhaps both of them are wary of the other's power and finishing ability. But one sticking point for Rivera as he seems to be landing those leg kicks. Faber limps back to his corner to close out Round 2.
This may be winning the fight for Rivera.
They both seem to be cautious initially to commit, as Faber opens with a body kick. Faber tries to close the distance and get a takedown, but Rivera seems to be strong in stuffing the attempt. Faber tries to fake with a left and land the right but eats a nice counter right hook.
Faber seems to be trying to find his way into closing the distance and landing, but Rivera looks sharp in holding his own and land powerful countershots, catching him coming in.
Still a lot of measuring out going on here, as neither fighter seems to want to overcommit too much, for the fear of eating counters. Both men seem sharp in their movements. They briefly exchange and both land. They duly separate.
Faber goes for a head kick and Rivera responds with a leg kick. Rivera looks to be a little more intent on closing the distance now, but nothing still to write home about. Testy first round as the clock winds down. Hard to score that round. Plenty happening, but not in terms of pure, all-out barn-burning action, perhaps.
Both fighters are in the Octagon and Bruce Buffer makes the introductions. We're ready to go!
By the way, for our viewers. Don't go anywhere. CM Punk's fight is next, after this!
As it goes, both in pro-wrestling and MMA, the young replaces the old, as Jimmie Riviera looks to make his name off the veteran Urijah Faber. This should be a good fight. Both men are good enough stand up artists, with a sound wrestling base as well
Faber, of course, coming off a loss to Champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 199, while Riviera is coming off an impressive victory over Yuri Alcantara.
As eternal Title contender Urijah Faber takes on up and coming Jimmie Riviera
Up next, we transition to the Men's Bantamweight division
They touch gloves, as Calderwood begins by staying on the outside and throwing leg kicks. Andrade closes the distance and presses Jojo up against the cage, and gets a takedown. Jojo makes her way back to her feet only for Andrade to elevate her again and get another big take down.
Andrade works her way to half guard before landing a few hammer fists. Jojo refinds her guard, but Andrade manages to stay on top of things and slams her yet again to break an attempted triangle. She gets back into side control and looks to land shots to her head.
Calderwood doing a decent job of trying to re-establish her guard, but Andrade seems to be like a blanket here. Jojo finally manages to sweep Andrade and get back to her feet enough to land a takedown of her own!
Oh! Andrade snaps on a guillotine! It looks really tight as Andrade tightens the grip. Calderwood has no where to go as she taps!
Winner: Jessica Andrade by Guillotine Choke 4:38 into Round 1
And we get Round 1 underway.
Jojo makes her way out of the locker room, and into the Octagon first. She looks calm, as ever, as she waits or Jessica Andrade to make her way out. This is pretty much a battle of nations as much as it is of fighters, as Jojo represents Scotland and Andrade, Brazil.
This is a fight between the 6th ranked and 7th ranked fighters in the division, and should have title implications for the winner in the near future. Perhaps not immediately, since Champion JJ is probably going to fight fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz next
The first fight on the main card takes us to the Women's Strawweight Division, as Jessica Andrade takes on Joanne JoJo Calderwood
Hello everyone, and welcome to our live coverage of CM Punk's MMA debut, against Mickey Gall, and the rest of the UFC 203 main card!