Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to pay-per-view (PPV) TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) with its newly-crowned Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, looking to defend his title for the first time ever in front of a proud hometown crowd against top-ranked contender, Alistair Overeem, in the main event of UFC 203, which takes place inside Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Miocic took the 265-pound belt off Fabricio Werdum earlier this year with a devastating first round knockout, a result he will surely attempt to replicate against "Demolition Man," but taking out the decorated former K-1 kickboxing champion won't be easy.
Not at all.
In addition to the championship clash, the aforementioned Werdum -- who remained the No. 1-ranked contender in the division despite the setback -- will attempt to earn a rematch at the expense of the No. 7-ranked Travis Browne in UFC 203's co-main event. Of course, "Miocic vs. Overeem" will also host the professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut of former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, CM Punk, who is eager to silence the critics and cynics when he locks horns with Mickey Gall in a Welterweight scrap.
All that and much, much more!
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 203 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after "Miocic vs. Overeem." Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 203 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 203 QUICK RESULTS:
265 lbs.: UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem -- Miocic def. Overeem by KO (punches) at 4:27 of Round One -- HIGHLIGHTS!
265 lbs.: Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne -- Werdum def. Browne by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
170 lbs.: CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall -- Gall def. Punk by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:14 of Round One
135 lbs.: Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera -- Rivera def. Faber by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
115 lbs.: Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood -- Andrade def. Calderwood by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:38 of Round One
135 lbs.: Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye -- Correia def. Eye by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
145 lbs.: Nik Lentz vs. Michael McBride -- Lentz def. McBride by TKO (punches) at 4:17 of Round Two
185 lbs.: Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares -- Tavares def. Magalhaes by split decision (28-29,, 30-27, 29-28)
125 lbs.: Ian McCall vs. Ray Borg170 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez -- Dober def. Gonzalez by KO (punches) at 1:45 of Round One 185 lbs.: Francimar Barroso vs. CB Dollaway
155 lbs.: Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer -- Medeiros def. Spencer by submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:49 of Round Two
UFC 203 PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Round one: Overeem moving quite a bit, circling the champ. Miocic tries a combo, blocked. Body kick from Overeem. Miocic runs after him and flings a high kick, but gets conked by a hard left hand. He seems out as he lands on his rear, but Overeem makes the mistake of going for a guillotine instead of pounding him out. Miocic scrambles out and runs after him again. Two minutes in. Miocic lands a three-punch combination, eats another straight left. Hard uppercut and right cross form the champion. Miocic stalking after him, throwing right hands. Cuffing right stings Overeem. Miocic throwing combinations on the fence. Overeem runs, eats right hands. Miocic staying patient, rocked with a left hand and a knee to the body. Two minutes to go.
Wild round so far. Miocic with a front kick to the body. Overhand left from Overeem. Body kick by Miocic, triple left hook around Overeem's guard. One minute to go. Overeem throws a kick and, as he's off-balance, Miocic rushes him to the mat. Miocic postures up in his guard and knocks the former Strikeforce champ unconscious with a series of precise right hands.
Final result: Miocic def. Overeem by KO (punches)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne
Round one: Werdum opens with a flying side kick to the face that actually connects. Dang. They move to the center and Browne stuffs a takedown before eating a punching flurry. Werdum low kicks. One minute in. Werdum tries a cartwheel kick, no dice. 1-2 lands. Quick kicks from Werdum. Browne circles away, pointing at something on his gloves, and Werdum lands something of a cheap shot. Werudm argues with the ref as Browne points out a damaged finger. Not sure what's going on there. In any event, they resume in the center and Werdum cracks him with a body kick and straight right. Two minutes in. Browne stuffs a takedown. 2-1 by Werdum, then a three-piece that stings Browne. He clinches up on the fence. Werdum with some nice right hands in the clinch before they separate. Browne right hand as Werdum changes levels. Two minutes to go.
Browne lands a counter left. Low kick from Werdum, looping right by Browne. Browne catches a body kick and trips Werudm down before allowing him up. Low kicks from Werdum. Hard straight right drops Browne! One minute to go. Werdum sets up in half guard and drops punches. Browne gives up his back and Werdum puts in both hooks, fighting for the choke. Browne survives it, so Werdum punches him until the bell. 10-9 Werdum.
Round two: Browne opens with a right hand, stuffs a low single. Wheel kick from Werdum blocked. 1-2 by the Brazilian. One minute in. Werdum low kick. Two minutes in. Not nearly as much volume from Werdum thus far this round. Body kick blocked. Crowd gives them a piece of their minds. Werdum with front kicks to the body. Werdum eats a body kick, lands one in return. Two minutes to go.
Hesitant spinning back fist by Werdum. Left hook downstairs, Browne answers in kind and eats a low kick. 1-2 from Werdum. One minute to go. Werdum lands a low kick. Tossing out lead leg kicks. Browne lands a lead left hook. Good low kicks. Werdum goes for a Rolling thunder and a wheel kick before the bell. 10-9 Werdum.
Round three: Werdum sticks a right to the body. Body kick connects for him. Browne's volume is pretty much nonexistent. Browne fires low kicks, Werdum lands a better one. One minute in. Nice 1-2 by Werdum. Werdum ducks down for a lazy single-leg, Browne doesn't punish. Two minutes in. Riveting stuff, this. Werdum gives chase. Left hook by Browne. Low kick exchange. Two minutes to go.
Combination from Werdum and a straight right behind it. Browne pops him with a straight right, then a high kick that nearly connects. Another right by "Hapa." Werdum low kick. One minute to go. Werdum tries a flying scissor something. Browne with a right to the body, eats a 1-2. Werdum tries a jumping knee, lands a counter right and body kick. 10-9 Werdum.
Final result: Werdum def. Browne by unanimous decision
CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall
Round one: Gall shoots immediately and sets up in Punk's guard. Hard ground-an-pound from Gall. Punk tries to kick him off, Gall takes side control. Gall ops into mount and takes the back. One minute in. Gall flattens him out and drops some hard punches. Gall softening him up and locks up the RNC, drawing the tap.
Final result: Gall def. Punk by submission (rear-naked choke)
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera
Round one: Low kick from Rivera, who catches Faber's leg kick. Rivera shrugs off a level change and lands an uppercut. Faber tries to shoot off a Rivera low kick and can't tie up. One minute in. Teep by Faber. Big counter right by "El Terror." Rivera flicking out low kicks. Two minutes in. Faber again tries to clinch without success. Faber tossing out kicks. Rivera with a right downstairs. Two minutes to go.
Counter uppercut and left hook from Rivera. One minute to go. Faber falling short with most of his punches. Rivera low kick. Faber may have hurt his right hand. Rivera swats him with a left hook. 10-9 Rivera.
Round two: Low kick from Rivera after Faber tries to go high. Faber low kick hits groin. Counter hook from Rivera. Faber looking really ineffective in there and that right hand is clearly bothering him. One minute in. Faber body kick. Rivera pops him with a jab. Hard counter left. Good low kick trips Faber up. Faber slow to rise. Two minutes in. Good right by Rivera. Faber teep met by a right hand. Another low kick throws Faber off. Faber's left leg seems damaged as well. Two minutes to go.
Another low kick dings Faber. Good right by Rivera. One minute to go. Another hard leg kick. Both connect in the center of the cage. 10-9 Rivera.
Round three: Rivera pops him again with a low kick. Faber's right hand and left leg are clearly compromised. Faber catches a low kick, can't use it. Good low-high combo by Rivera. One minute in. Body shot from Rivera as he ducks an overhand. Inside low kick this time, then another. Left hook lands and he eats an eye poke. He takes some time to recover, then comes back throwing. COmbination from Rivera. Some more life in Faber now in the last three minutes. Two minutes to go.
Rivera's winning these exchanges; Faber's desperate, but he's just outclassed on the feet with only one good hand and leg. One minute to go. Rivera continues to pounce on whatever opportunities Faber gives him. 10-9 Rivera.
Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood
Round one: Calderwood tossing out kicks, eats body blows from Andrade in the clinch. She landsa a knee and eats a left hook. Andrade shoots, Calderwood stuffs it. She continues to drive and puts Jojo on her rear against the fence. One minute in. Calderwood works her way to her feet, but Andrade slams her to the mat. Side control for Andrade. Good right hands by the Brazilian. Two minutes in. Calderwood manages to regain guard and locks up a high guard. Andrade slams her near the fence, moves to half guard. Two minutes to go.
Andrade moves to side control, bleeding from an early elbow. Hamemrfists land for her. One minute to go. Calderwood works her way to her feet, but drives right into a guillotine. Andrade hops guard and there's no escape for Calderwood, who taps after some brief resistance.
Final result: Andrade def. Calderwood by submission (guillotine choke)
UFC 203 FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):
Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye
Round one: Hard right hand by Eye to start. She's on the front foot. Counter left from Correia. Another right by Eye. One minute in. Correia low kicks. Eye answers in kind. Good right from Correia. Counter right lands for Eye. Good give-and-take thus far. Two minutes in. 1-2 connects. Correia lands a counter left. Eye catches a kick and briefly trips Correia up. Two minutes to go.
They clinch on the fence, Eye on the outside, before quickly separating. One minute to go. Counter flurry by the Clevelander. Correia grabs a bodylock and puts her on the fence. Left by the Brazilian on the exit. 10-9 Eye.
Round two: Low kick from Correia. Good exchange for the Brazilian. One minute in. Fairly slow second round, all things considered. Correia landing more accurately. Two minutes in. Quick exchange in the center. Correia eats a punch and claims an eye poke, referee says fight on. Counter uppercut lands for Eye. Two minutes to go.
Another hard right hand by the local favorite. Eye with a body kick. Combination by Eye. Right hand by Correia, body kick by Eye. One minute to go. Correia shoots, stuffed. Eye avoids another level change, eats a leg kick. Right hands by Eye before the bell. 10-9 Eye.
Round three: Low kick exchange. Some feinting at range, no clean punches. One minute in. Quick exchange. Good counter right from Correia. Two minutes in. Counter rights from Eye. Good exchange, Eye connects and draws a smile from Correia. Two minutes to go.
Correia low kick. Good right hand connects. Lots of circling, not any action. One minute to go. Left hooks from Correia. Eye really not doing much besides retreating. Correia ties up on the fence and they trade knees. 10-9 Correia.
Final result: Correia def. Eye by split decision
Nik Lentz vs. Michael McBride
Round one: Lentz lands a series of hard right hands early, then blasts McBride with a knee when he tries a takedown. Lentz pulls guard for a guillotine, loses it, and a scramble ensues. Lentz ragdolls him with a suplex, looking for the back. One minute in. Lentz all over McBride, who missed weight badly. McBride rolls for a leg, Lentz patiently works his foot free. Half guard for Lentz. Two minutes in. Lentz dropping punches as he looks for the back. McBride turns into him and Lentz looks for the front headlock. He falls back for a guillotine but stays on top when he loses it. McBride going hard for a takedown, eating punches as Lentz rides his back. Two minutes to go.
McBride grabs an ankle and gets thumped for his trouble. McBride on his knees, grabbing a leg and eating hammerfists. One minute to go. Lentz takes half guard, then the back. Full back mount. Domination thus far by Lentz, who lands elbows before the bell. 10-8 Lentz.
Round two: McBride's strikes look labored. Lentz on the advance, eats a right hand and comes back with a 2-3. As I say that, McBride appears to drop him with a right hook and takes the back. Lentz slips out and looks for a guillotine when McBride shoots. One minute in. Lentz drops the grip, gets his hips under him, and slips out, taking the back as he does. McBride rolls right as Lentz locks up the RNC, so Lentz threatens an arm triangle. Lentz dominating these grappling exchanges. Lentz looks for another arm-triangle. Now the back again, landing shots. Two minutes to go.
McBride with a Granby roll, avoids the back crucifix. Lentz establishes half guard. Now the back again. Solid ground-and-pound by Lentz. He keeps on punching and, despite McBride giving a thumbs-up instead of protecting his head, the referee steps in.
Final result: Lentz def. McBride by TKO (punches)
Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares
Round one: Fairly slow start. Low kick from Tavares, Magalhaes checks it. One minute in. Magalhaes looks for a single-leg, can't keep Tavares down. Two minutes in. Magalhaes holding him against the fence, attached to a leg. Magalhaes ultimately abandons it with about two minutes to go.
Tavares tries a 3-2. Both wing right hands and Magalhaes locks up. Tavares reverses position. They jockey for position. One minute to go. Tavares tries to separate, digs a right to the body. Magalhaes lugs him right back. Knees from both men. 10-9 Magalhaes.
Round two: Both swing to start the round. Magalhaes tossing out kicks. Body kick lands for him. Another exchange, right hand by Tavares lands. One minute in. Magalhaes ducks a right hand and ties up on the fence. Tavares reverses position. Two minutes in. Tavares with some knees to the thigh before they separate. Tavares low kick. Tavares on the advance, eats a nasty body kick. Two minutes to go.
Tavares low kick, both sling right hands. Body kick lands for him. Magalhaes lands a low kick. One minute to go. Hard counter right from Tavares as they trade. Magalhaes shoots in response and Tavares defends. Magalhaes driving through as Tavares tries to cinch up a front headlock. Magalhaes completes the single-leg but can't keep him down and Tavares clinches him until the bell. 10-9 Tavares.
Round three: Magalhaes active early with his kicks. Tavares tries his own wheel kick in return, lands a leg kick afterwards. He ties up and puts the Brazilian on the fence. One minute in. Tavares changes levels and Magalhaes locks up a guillotine, pulling guard. Tavares works his head free and goes back to working in the clinch on the feet. Good left hook as they separate. Low kick lands afterwards. Good right hand by Tavares and he tries a flying knee. Magalhaes is flagging. Tavares easily stuffs a shot and stalks forward. Two minutes to go.
Good exchange. Body kick lands for Tavares. Counter right catches the Brazilian clean. Tavares controlling the fight at range. Magalhaes slips in a left hook, one minute to go. Right hand from Tavares off a whiffed flying knee. Magalhaes rebuffed once again on a takedown and eats a front kick. Tavares much, much fresher as he picks at MAgalhaes. He tries one more knee and lands a cracking right at the bell. 10-9 Tavares.
Final result: Tavares def. Magalhaes by split decision
Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez
Round one: Dober lands a left hand early, moving forward. Low kick connects on the taller Gonzalez. Dober staying aggressive, lands a good right hook upstairs. Gonzalez fires a 1-1-2 and Dober shoots. Gonzalez defends on the fence, eats some dirty boxing. One minute in. Dober lands another leg kick. Dober low kick hits groin. Gonzalez takes some time to recover before they continue. Dober uncorks a combination and a right hook jacks Gonzalez's jaw. As he staggers back, Dober stays on him with a murderous flurry that finally sends him crumbling to the mat.
Final result: Dober def. Gonzalez by KO (punches)
UFC 203 Fight Pass "Prelims" (6:15 p.m. ET):
Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer
Round one: Snap kick from Medeiros to start. Once again. Spencer looks for a right to the body. Spencer low kick connects. Spencer just misses with a 3-2 as Medeiros pivots. One minute in. Spencer to the body. Medeiros with another body kick. Pretty tentative, all things considered. Lots of handfighting. Two minutes in. Low leg kick from Medeiros after some blocked Spencer kicks. Hard straight right lands for "Black Magic." Straight left by Medeiros and a whiffed spinning back fist. Medeiros catches a leg kick and fires a left hand. Two minutes to go.
Spencer low kick. Not many clean connections from either man. Brief clinch, Spencer lands a right. Medeiros lands a head kick and a good knee inside. One minute to go. Medeiros wants a brawl. Spinning back kick by Medeiros. Right hook lands. Spencer looks for punching combinations to end the round. 10-9 Spencer in a close one.
Low kick from Spencer, body kick by Medeiros. BIG head kick from Medeiros drops Spencer and Medeiros locks up a guillotine. Spencer slips out, only for Medeiros to immediately take the back and draw the tap with a rear-naked choke.
Final result: Medeiros def. Spencer by submission (rear-naked choke)