In a back-and-forth slobberknocker only witnessed in the UFC heavyweight division, champion Stipe Miocic picked up his first title defense in a rousing bout with Alistair Overeem in the main event of tonight’s (Sat., September 10, 2016) UFC 203 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The pressure was high in the UFC’s first-ever pay-per-view in his native Cleveland, and Miocic delivered in a big way when he put out Overeem’s lights with a torrent of ground and pound. But it wasn’t without some adversity, as “The Reem” stayed fleet of foot to counter Miocic, actually putting him on the ground with a well-timed shot at one point.
The Dutch striking legend went for a guillotine which he thought made Miocic tap; yet the champion remained stalwart to continue trading shots with the former K-1 Grand Prix champion, each fighter rocking each other at one point. Ultimately, the Croatian-American firefighter picked up his biggest-ever win by knocking out one of the most dangerous fighters in the world.
Watch the full fight video highlights of his hometown win right here: