MMA Forethought: UFC 203
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 203 is an interesting card with a lot of future potential match ups that come for the hot potato that is the heavyweight title. Stipe Miocic currently wears the crown and he is not only being circled by Alistair Overeem, but the co-main event fighters are also in line for a shot at the belt. Also on this card is the long awaited debut of former professional wrestler Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. He will finally get to realize a dream in facing up and coming Mickey Gall.
The fight game is unpredictable and when trying to analyze something that has yet to happen, it means anything can happen. With that in mind, Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought on how these fights could play out.
Stipe Miocic (15-2) vs. Alistair Overeem (41-14)
Even though Overeem is the one with the kickboxing credentials, it is the champ that has the high rate of finishes by KO/TKO. Overeem would be wise to try and bring back that guillotine that scored him the bulk of his submission wins from his days when he was fighting in Japan. While the champ has yet to be submitted, Overeem would be smart to go for the attempts and try to win by decision if he cannot finish the Cleveland favorite. However, most of Overeem’s recent wins are by KO/TKO and he probably likes the idea of beating Miocic that way. For that reason, Miocic will probably have Overeem right where he wants him for another win by knockout.
Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1) vs. Travis Browne (18-4-1)
Werdum is on this card because he wants to be close to the title he recently lost and close to the man that took it. His determination at the pre-fight press conference Wednesday makes it seem he is not planning on being the cage long with Browne as he wants to watch the main event so he can watch his old belt and Miocic. Browne stands a chance of knocking out Werdum as he may be getting looked over, but Werdum could finish him on the ground like he has finished others. Browne has never been submitted though so this one could go the distance with the decision going to Werdum.
Phil Brooks (0-0) vs. Mickey Gall (2-0)
Everything about this fight points to Mickey Gall beating “CM Punk” by submission. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has more time in the cage than the unproven fighter that comes from the world of professional wrestling. But, remember that professional wrestlers regardless of their scripted matches take real damage and have no fear of the bright lights and large crowds. In fact, professional wrestlers cross over to MMA more successfully than former pro boxers. Brooks may not win, but don’t be surprised if he can survive a round or two before Gall goes in for the kill.
This is MMA, in any combat sport especially with the various ways to finish a fight, anything can happen. That is why the sport has been on the rise and UFC 203 will hopefully support the rise of MMA.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.