Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight knockout artists Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem clashed last night (Sept. 10, 2016) at UFC 203 inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Miocic rose to the top quickly. As a reasonably young Heavyweight champion who does not struggle with frequent injuries, Miocic had a real opportunity to go on a streak and defend the title for more than a couple fights. Overeem stood in the way of that goal, and the Dutchman was definitely a formidable obstacle. Since revamping his game, Overeem has performed extraordinarily well, and "The Reem" looked to use his veteran savvy to steal another title.
It may not have lasted long, but this was an incredible fight.
Overeem came out and looked to maintain his range. Just a minute into the round, Miocic moved forward while standing too tall, and Overeem smashed him with a left hand. Miocic melted to the mat, and Overeem tried to jump on a guillotine choke.
That turned out to be a costly mistake, as Miocic escaped the hold and the bout returned to the feet. From there, Miocic pursued his opponent heavily, eating a couple hard shots but landing his own as well. Over time, Miocic began to land the better shots as he pressured his foe. His right hand was landing often, and Overeem was literally running from the exchanges.
Near the end of the round, Miocic caught his opponent off-balance and landed in top position. From there, a series of right hand quickly ended his opponent’s night.mAfter a stellar one round war, Miocic had successfully defended his title in front of his home crowd.
Miocic’s durability really won him this bout. He was very nearly finished just a minute into the bout, but he was able to survive and recover quickly. Once he was back on his feet, Miocic went on the offensive and ignored his opponent’s strikes. That allowed him to land his own blows, and Overeem had no desire to trade punch-for-punch with the champion.
Eventually, it allowed him to overwhelm the Dutchman.
This is a great moment for Miocic, and it really cements his hold on the title. Both of his title fights have ended in the first round, and he's a tough foe for anyone in the division. Overeem came so close. The early left hand was absolutely nasty, but he simply couldn't seal the deal.
It cost him the strap.
Despite cracking Miocic so hard, Overeem simply couldn't scare his opponent off. Miocic marched him down endlessly, and Overeem was unable to stop him. After this loss, a rematch with Travis Browne would make sense.
Last night, Stipe Miocic flattened his opponent inside a round. How long can the Ohio-native hang onto his belt?
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