Stipe Miocic defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title for the first time last night (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016), taking out Alistiar Overeem via first-round knockout in the main event of UFC 203 from Cleveland, Ohio.
With that under his belt, Miocic proved not only he can handle the pressure of headlining a pay-per-view (PPV) in front of his hometown crowd, no less, but that his title-winning victory over Fabricio Werdum back at UFC 198 earlier this year was far from a fluke.
Now, the road only gets tougher for Miocic, as everyone in the 265-pound weight class is gunning for him and eager to dethrone him from the 265-pound mountain. Fabricio Werdum was hoping to get a rematch against him with a win over Travis Browne.
And though he earned a unanimous decision win over "Hapa" in the co-main event, UFC president Dana White declared after the bout that it wasn't a championship performance. That pretty much means that former division king Cain Velasquez will likely get next crack at dethroning Miocic.
That's because he looked flawless in his first-round drubbing of the aforementioned Browne back at UFC 200 this past summer. And with no other division contender worthy of a title shot just yet, Cain vs. Miocic is pretty much a no-brainer.
And it will be a big test for Stipe, as Cain has long been dubbed the best big man in the sport. And since Velasquez seems to be in a good place at the moment, mentally and physically, Miocic will have his work cut out for him should this bout be made.
Better brush up on that wrestling and get that cardio up.
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