UFC 203 As Expected
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 203 went as expected in regards to the bouts that were getting the most coverage. The heavyweight division is pretty exciting and in the hometown of the current champion, there was no way he would lose.
Stipe Miocic (16-2) successfully defended his heavyweight title on Saturday night. Alistair Overeem (41-15) did try to stand with him and he also went for his go- to submission as expected but Miocic was not losing in Cleveland. He was able to ground the Kickboxing and MMA veteran and knock him out from within Overeem guard.
Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1) wants the heavyweight title back. He made that abundantly clear at the opening of round one by hitting Travis Browne (18-5) with a jumping side-kick. It landed square on Browne jaw but he never seemed truly phased by it. What did affect Browne was his finger breaking in an attempt to parry an overhand right from Werdum. Credit to Browne for continuing to fight and throw the hand but he never out performed Werdum. Werdum took the win and let it be known he wants his rematch with Miocic to be his next fight.
A lot of attention was brought to MMA when Phil “CM Punk “Brooks (0-1) signed with the UFC. More people tuned in on Saturday to watch him lose to his younger more experienced opponent Mickey Gall (3-0) if you follow the trolls on line. The fight went as expected and finished just as quickly. Brooks has been humble about this opportunity all the way up until he tapped out. He seems to want to try again but it's doubtful he'll be on a pay-per- view again.
Mickey Gall on the other hand is now 3-0 in his professional MMA career and seems just as gifted on the microphone as he is in the cage. During his post-fight interview, he called out Sage Northcutt and that is a fight fans would like to see.
Stipe Miocic def. Alistair Overeem via KO (punches) at 4:27 of R1
Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Mickey Gall def. CM Punk via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:14 of R1
Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jessica Andrade def. Joanne Calderwood via submission (guillotine choke). Rd. 1, 4:38
Bethe Correia def. Jessica Eye via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nik Lentz def. Michael McBride via TKO (punches) at 4:17 of R2
Brad Tavares def. Caio Magalhaes via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Drew Dober def. Jason Gonzalez via TKO (punches) at 1:45 of R1
Yancy Medeiros def. Sean Spencer via submission (rear-naked choke) at: 49 of R2
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.