UFC 203 pops off from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, this Saturday (September 10, 2016). The two primary narratives that have the masses buzzing are the main event and the debut of a certain sports entertainment superstar.
The headliner of the UFC’s first event in Cleveland is a good one. Ohio native Stipe Miocic will make the first defense of his newly-minted heavyweight strap. Miocic got his hands on the belt by viciously ripping it from the grasp of Fabricio Werdum, who happens to be serving in the co-main event this weekend. With a single right hand, Miocic felled the recklessly onrushing Brazilian, simultaneously stamping himself into the history books.
He will be doing battle with hulking Dutch knockout machine Alistair Overeem. “The Reem” rides a four-fight winning streak into his first UFC title fight. He will be looking to add the premiere piece to a trophy case that already includes Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1 heavyweight gold.
Also on the main card is the much-talked about and much-maligned MMA debut of former pro wrestler Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. He will lock horns with 2-0 Mickey Gall, found on Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” series. Despite being just two fights into his pro career, Gall is veritable veteran next to Punk, who boasts no amatuer fighting or combat sports background of any kind.
These two storylines have driven most of the conversation relating to the UFC’s latest offering on pay-per-view (PPV), but there are other compelling narratives worthy of your attention. Here are five of them.