UFC champion Miocic keeps title with stunning home knockout
22 September, 2016, 05:31 | Author: Abraham Jackson
Stipe Miocic will seek to defend his heavyweight championship belt in front of a hometown crowd against Alistair Overeem in the main event at UFC 203. A few seconds later, Punk tapped out, giving Gall the first-round submission victory and his third win as a professional MMA fighter.
He was accustomed to the outside distractions - media requests, fans and travel - for years. In the Octagon, he has landed 75 percent of his significant strikes, which is far and away the best. The next-highest accuracy rate is 60.6 percent, by Josh Barnett.
It seems that everything in the sports world is trending up for the city of Cleveland - the team's baseball team, the Indians, are even having an excellent season - and it started with Miocic's win.
Miocic and Overeem earned the Fight of the Night bonus. Miocic is the current champion but Overeem is a very good striker and has won his last four on the bounce so he has great momentum. He is No. 4 in ESPN's rankings. A series of mounted punches inside the guard knocked out Overeem, and the match was all over, just 4:27 into the first round.
Punk, who was one of WWEs biggest stars when he left it two years ago to try his hand in ultimate fighting, tapped out just 2:14 into the first round after he was pummeled and choked by welterweight Mickey Gall.
While the Cleveland fans saw the fight ends as they wished, their man's title reign looked to be under bigger threat when Alistair Overeem knocked the American down with a big left hand and then looked to end the fight with a guillotine. "I've trained too hard to give up my title".
Faber has the experience, but has lost three of his last six fights. It is the 12th knockout win of Miocic's career.
Rivera must get ophthalmological clearance after suffering an eye poke and claiming to have no vision in his right eye after a unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber. His opponent is on an 18-fight winning streak dating to 2009.
Scotland's Joanne Calderwood was completely stifled by the grappling attacks of Jessica Andrade in their main card curtain raiser. Miocic and many others around the UFC knew that the No. 3-ranked contender in the heavyweight division deserved a title shot.
Stipe Miocic is an athletic heavyweight who has utilized his boxing and wrestling to succeed in the UFC.
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