Prior to getting knocked out by Stipe Miocic in the very first round in the main event of UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio (see it again here), Alistair Overeem nearly ended the fight with a guillotine choke after flooring the Heavyweight champion with a solid right hand.
In fact, during his post-fight interview, "Reem" was confident in saying he felt a tap, and the fight should have been over, crowning him the new division king. Replays, however, didn't show a tap from Miocic, only a slick escape.
And Stipe firmly denied ever tapping or even coming close to it.
"I don't know how I tapped out, I had two hands on his hands," Miocic said at the UFC 203 post fight press conference (video replay here) via FOX Sports. "He's obviously not feeling too good right now. Honestly, (the submission attempt) sucked, it was terrible, he threw a lot harder than I thought, he kicked a lot harder than I thought, that was my own fault. I knew everything was coming, I trained for those situations. He put me on my ass, I felt fine."
Of course, Overeem may not have had been fully focused when doing the interview, as he had nothing to say when he saw multiple replays. Nevertheless, Miocic reiterated that he never said "uncle."
"He got me in that front headlock, I felt fine. I just kept scooting to my right, he didn't like it and he gave me the opportunity when he fell on the ground and when I got on top of him, game over." said Stipe. "I didn't (tap). I remember I was in the back signing my check and all that stuff and I heard the boos and I asked what they were booing about cause I knew that he was talking and they told me that he said that I tapped out," confirmed Miocic.
What the hulking heavyweight does remember clearly, is getting the job done by punching his foe into unconsciousness.
"I don't remember tapping out. I just remember punching him in the face repeatedly until he was unconscious."