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.