We’re one week away from UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic taking on light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in an historic superfight. Miocic has already broken the record for consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses, with three, but before he attempts his fourth, let’s look back at his first.
A native of Ohio, Stipe headlined UFC 203 in Cleveland against Alistair Overeem. It looked like Miocic’s reign as champion would be short, as Overeem knocked him down early
and then tapped him with a guillotine choke, which Alistair felt sorry about that, let’s try again. Overeem got the knockdown, was unable to submit Miocic, and as the fight progressed (with Alistair apparently in a track meet), Miocic took over, and his ground-and-pound confirmed a vicious KO for the hometown hero.
You can watch the video at the top of the page.
Here’s Tim Burke’s commentary on the fight:
Round 1 - Overeem moving early. Miocic chases him down and lands a right. Overeem with a kick and a straight left that hurts Miocic! Overeem goes for the guillotine but Miocic escapes! He literally chased Overeem all around the cage after he got out. Three punch combo from Miocic. Overeem returns fire. Big uppercut from Miocic hurts Overeem! Overeem is backing off. Miocic hit his with a left and a right and Ocereem is covering up. He circles away. He RUNS away. Miocic connects with another left. Overeem with a kick and now a left that stumbled Miocic! This is crazy. Body kick from Miocic. Overeem missing with punches. Miocic catches a side kick and starts beating up Overeem on the ground. Miocic with the rights and Overeem is out cold! Stipe Miocic defends his title in Cleveland! They’re going nuts!
Stipe Miocic defeats Alistair Overeem by KO (punches), 4:27 of round 1
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UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 7th.