Last Saturday night, UFC 203 finally arrived. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic would defend his heavyweight belt against Alistair Overeem. Phil Brooks, more commonly known as CM Punk, would finally make his transition from the WWE into the welterweight division of the UFC. If you couldn’t guess by now, Saturday night was absolutely insane.
Miocic and Overeem have shown amazing performances this year, so it wasn’t easy thinking of who the winner of this fight would be. Early in the first round, Overeem dropped Miocic with a straight left to his jaw. Many of us thought it was over, but it wasn’t. After a failed submission attempt by Overeem, Miocic jumped back up and continued to fight. After a while, Miocic landed a successful takedown and began to pummel Overeem’s head into the canvas repeatedly. Miocic remained the UFC heavyweight champion after this very intense fight. He is now on a four-fight win streak, with the last three fights being first round knockouts.
For the undercard, the event really became a lot more interesting during the seventh fight out of the 10 that took place. This bantamweight match featured Urijah Faber, ranked No. 2 in the division, and Jimmie Rivera, one of the newer additions to the UFC. The fight turned into a three-round war, clearly Rivera had won with the unanimous decision, and is now on a 19-fight winning streak. At 37, Faber has said that he has thought about retirement. If he doesn’t win his next fight, retirement just might be the road he would choose to take.
The next match grabbed everyone’s attention. After leaving the WWE and training for a very long period of time, CM Punk finally made his MMA debut against Mickey Gall. Many people believed he could actually pull it off. However, that was not the case. Gall submitted Punk via rear-naked choke in the first round. This did not surprise, but it was good to finally see how CM Punk performed in the octagon.
In the ninth fight of the night, previous heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum faced off against Travis Browne. Nobody knew how wild this fight would turn out to be. In the very beginning of round one, Werdum immediately landed a jumping sidekick on Browne’s face. This being a heavyweight fight, it was a surprise that he pulled that off so well. Werdum performed some more moves like this throughout the fight, which was a bit unusual. After a gross eye poke, and a disgusting broken finger on Browne’s right hand, the fight finally came to an end. Werdum ended up getting the unanimous-decision victory. However, the rivalry was not over. After the fight, Werdum ended up kicking Browne’s coach, which resulted in a short altercation between the two teams.