Saturday September 10, 2016— Live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland the UFC made their debut in the home of the NBA champs with a packed card headlined by a heavyweight title fight. The heavyweight champion hometown hero Stipe Miocic defended his title for the first time against the #3 ranked contender in the world Alistair Overeem, with both fighters at the top of their game in their respective careers, there was no time then the present for a title fight to happen. Stipe was on the role of his career before he finally became champion, and the challenger Overeem has put together 4 impressive back to back wins to set in stone his shot at the gold. In the co main event former champion Fabricio Werdum took on the late replacement Travis Browne for the second time, a pivotal fight in the heavyweight division a win for either fighter could bring a title shot in the near future. As the packed card roles on the pro wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his MMA debut against Mickey Gall in a welterweight showdown. Punk has been training for 2 years now and after some setbacks he is all set to go. Gall earned this shot by being noticed on Dana Whites looking for a fight, after impressing there in his UFC debut he got a stoppage in less than a minute. Two young stars try to shoot there careers up the ladder to greatness. Also on the card a huge matchup in the bantamweight division as Jimmie Rivera takes on Uriah Faber, and with no certain #1 contender for Cruz’s belt a win here could shoot the winner right into contention. In the strawweight division the Jessica Andrade took on Joanne Calderwood, both ladies who are coming off of wins are looking to climb the ladder in a wide open division. A bantamweight war between Jessica Eye and former title challenger Bethe Correia, and Yancy Medeiros took on Sean Spencer in a lightweight bout. After Ray Borg pulled out of a fight with Ian McCall due to an illness and CB Dollaway having to pull out due to an injury in an evaluator we are down to 10 fights and as usual all the action kicks off on the UFC Fightpass. All 10 fights live from Cleveland.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!
We kick things off in the lightweight division as Yancy Medeiros (12-4) took on Sean Spencer (12-5), what a way to kick off the card as another talented Hawaiian got the job done with a stellar finish. Medeiros dominated the fight from start to finish and got the submission stoppage in round 2. Winner: Yancy Medeiros (13-4) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2. – Looser: Sean Spencer (12-6). As the card kicks over to FS2, we stay in the lightweight division as Drew Dober (16-7) took on Jason Gonzalez (10-2), action came quick as Drew Dober showed his striking game is always on point as he rocked Gonzalez early and a fury of punches follow and that’s all she wrote. Winner: Drew Dober (17-7) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Jason Gonzalez (10-3). In are third fight we stay in the lightweight division as Nik lentz (28-7-2) took on Michael McBride (8-1), even though McBride missed weight it didn’t matter as Nik Lentz dominated from start to finish, Lentz earns the 2nd round stoppage. Winner: Nik Lentz (29-7-2) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Michael McBride (8-2). Next the middleweights take center stage as Brad Tavares (13-5) took on Caio Magalhaes (9-2), are first fight of the night that goes the distance and it was a banger, but after three rounds it was Tavares that was able to do enough to seal the deal. Winner: Brad Tavares (14-5) by Split Decision (29-28,30-27,29-28). – Looser: Caio Magalhaes (9-3). In the featured prelim bout we head to the women’s bantamweight division were the struggling hometown hero #10 Jessica Eye (11-5) looked to break her losing streak when she took on former title challenger who has lost two in a row herself #11 Bethe Correia (9-2), two ladies that needed a big win left it all in the octagon and after going the distance it was Correia that was able to do enough damage to get the win. With the fans booing nonstop after the decision it was a tough fight for both ladies and they both did everything they could to get the win. Evil Eye fought hard but that’s another big lost for the hometown hero. Winner: Bethe Correia (10-2) By Split Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28,). – Looser: Jessica Eye (11-6).
The main card kicks off in the strawweight division with #6 Jessica Andrade (14-5) making her second strawweight appearance against the surging #7 Joanne Calderwood (11-1), a beautiful performance by Andrade, her second win at strawweight and it was just as impressive as the first one. Jessica had a cut above her eye but a strong ground and some ground and pound helped sink in the submission for the finish. Winner: Jessica Andrade (14-5) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 1. – Looser: Joanne Calderwood (11-2). Next up a big bantamweight fight between the former title challenger and legend of the sport #2 Urijah Faber (33-9) and the winner of 18 straight #12 Jimmie Rivera (19-1), a great showing from Jimmie Rivera, the biggest fight of his career and he ran with it. From start to finish Rivera controlled with fight with a strong striking game and on point counters. Rivera also was able to land some big leg kicks that messed up Faber pretty bad. Urijah hung around like he always does but it just wasn’t his night. Winner: Jimmie Rivera (20-1) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Urijah Faber (33-10). Next up the most anticipated debut in MMA history, CM Punk a former pro wrestling star and WWE champion has been training for 2 years for this fight and now the time is here. He took on rising star Mickey Gall, who is undefeated in his professional career and no better way to kick-start your career by beating a star. A welterweight showdown between CM Punk (0-0) and Mickey Gall (2-0), Mickey Gall shut down the hype train from start to finish Mickey Gall was clearly the more experienced fighter and Punk never stood a chance. Hats off to Punk for trying but he never stood a chance. Winner: Mickey Gall (3-0) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1. – Looser: CM Punk (0-1). In the co main event it was a heavyweight division rematch between the former champion #1 Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1) and #6 Travis Browne (18-4-1), just as it was in the first fight Werdum controlled the fight from start to finish. Browne hurt his finger and just never got back into his flow. Werdum was flawless and may have secured his rematch for the title. Winner: Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-27,30-27). – Looser: Travis Browne (18-5-1).
Main Event Heavyweight Title Fight
C. Stipe Miocic (15-2) Vs #3 Alistair Overeem (41-14)
In the main event hometown hero Stipe Miocic was set to defend his title for the first time against maybe the best striker in MMA history Alistair Overeem. Stipe was on the biggest win streak of his career before he became champion when he KO’ed Werdum back at UFC198. Overeems UFC career didn’t start off the way he wanted to but when he changed his camp the Reem started a streak of wins that has led him to his first crack at UFC gold. The hometown championship hero and the man who has won every title in MMA but in the UFC fight for the gold in Cleveland. The 1st begins with the feeling out process but Overeem tags Micocic and rocks the champion. Overeem goes for the guillotine but Stipe works his way free and they get back to the feet. They begin to trade and the champion lands some big shots that has the challenger rocked. Overeem responds and hurts Stipe with some shots to the body. The round wears on both fighters have been rocked in the 1st round, but they continue to trade. Stipe trips up a running Overeem and gains top position and here comes the ground and pound that’s all she wrote. Stipe and Overeem exchanged hard shots the entire first round but it was the hometown hero that leaves the way he came in as champion. Overeem hurt Stipe but just couldn’t finish the job. Stipe put on a perfect performance and the city of Cleveland celebrates.
Winner: Stipe Miocic (16-2) by KO in Round 1
Looser: Alistair Overeem (41-15)
By: Rick San Bartololme
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