100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Jessica Andrade - 95.6
2. Stipe Miocic - 93.6
3. Drew Dober - 93.2
4. Nik Lentz - 92.7
5. Jimmie Rivera - 92.7
6. Mickey Gall - 92.4
7. Yancy Medeiros - 92.1
8. Fabricio Werdum - 91.7
9. Brad Tavares - 91.3
10. Joanne Calderwood - 91.3
UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Elevation: 653'
-Fight of the Night-
Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.7
TOTAL 91.5
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     These guys were both moving around quite a bit in the first round, lots of "action", without a ton of contact. They both landed some solid punches & kicks, but for the most part, most of the action consisted of bouncing around, circling each other, and setting up shots with a ton of feints. They both looked pretty clunky in that first round, and it's hard to pick a winner, since both guys landed some decent shots, and both guys were taunting a lot. Medeiros dropped Spencer at one point with a head kick late in the round, so I'm giving that round to Medeiros.
     They landed a few decent shots back & forth to start the second round, and then Medeiros dropped Spencer with a beautiful headkick 30 seconds into the round, he then pounced on him, locked on a guillotine choke, transitioned to back mount, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission inside the first minute of the second round. Fantastic finsh by Yancy Medeiros. That second round was full of highlight reel moments for Medeiros. That was a badass head kick & rear-naked choke.
      Dober came out swinging, blasting Gonzalez with some big power combinations, and some heavy leg kicks. Gonzalez clipped him with a punch, so Dober shot for a takedown, but was stuffed. The shot gave him enough time to recover though, so once they reset, Dober continued to pick apart Gonzalez on the feet, until he kicked him in the dick 90 seconds into the opening round. When the fight started back up, Gonzalez threw some heavy shots, and then Dober absolutely unloaded on him with 100 power punches to the face, rocking him back against the fence, and eventually it was too much for him, and Gonzalez collapsed via a brutal highlight reel knockout. That was a fantastic performance by Dober, and probably the best I've ever seen him look. Dude was fucking VIOLENT tonight. Not a terrible debut for Gonzalez, but he was completely outclassed by Dober.
      McBride is making his UFC debut on 9 days notice. They clashed in the middle early, they both looked kind of slow, but Lentz BLASTED McBride with some HEAVY punches, rocking the shit out of him, and he took him down a couple of times, pretty much bullying the clumsy looking McBride. McBride stood back up one minute into the round, and Lentz easily tripped him back to the ground from the clinch. The same exact thing happened again, but McBride caught him in a leg lock for a few seconds, which Lentz scrambled out of, and then he battered McBride with some big punches & elbows from an awkward looking mount. Lentz continued to pound on him, and then pulled guard with a guillotine, but McBride quickly escaped, so Lentz went back to pounding on him from another awkward top position. McBride is digging for some desperate leg lock attempts, but in the meantime, Lentz is pretty much schooling him with his wrestling & striking on the ground. McBride is landing some interesting elbows & punches from his back, but Lentz pretty much dominated him for the duration of that round. Round one very clearly goes to Nick Lentz.
     They both came out throwing slow bombs to start the second round. McBride dropped Lentz with a punch, and immediately grabbed his back inside the first 45 seconds of the second round. Lentz stood back up, there was an awkward tired scramble, and Lentz grabbed a guillotine choke, and then transitioned to back control. McBride went for a Kimura, Lentz countered with a rear-naked choke, and McBride rolled to his back, allowing Lentz to move to full mount. McBride tried to stand up, and Lentz yanked him back to the ground, and started working for an arm-triangle choke. McBride has a pretty crazy ground game with his scrambles, and submission attempts, but Lentz is still pretty much dominating him with his wrestling and ground & pound. Lentz was riding McBride's back near the end of the second round, and he unloaded some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a great UFC debut for McBride considering he took a tough fight on 9 days notice, but Lentz looked pretty strong tonight. He looked slow as shit, but his grappling & power punching looked strong.
      Magalhaes started this fight with a massive body kick. Tavares fired back with a nice punch & leg kick combination. They continued to trade strikes for 2 minutes or so, and then Magalhaes shot for a single leg takedown, which Tavares was able to stuff, while hopping back toward the fence on one leg. They reset back in the center of the cage with 2 minutes left in the round. Caio clinched with 90 seconds left in the round, and then Tavares spun him around and pressed him against the fence. Magalhaes finished out the round back in control of the clinch, pressing Tavares against the fence. I think I would lean toward giving that round to Tavares, but it could have maybe gone either way.
     They both came out throwing bombs to start the second round. Magalhaes landed some hard punches, and then they clinched 90 seconds into the round, trading control in the clinch back & forth for a little while. They split up, and Magalhaes continued to pick apart Tavares with some big punches. Tavares landed a few decent punches, but for the most part, that round was all about Magalhaes throwing bombs and connecting more often than Tavares. Magalhaes also took Tavares down late in the round, but only for a second or two. Round two pretty clearly goes to Magalhaes, so he's either up 2-0, or else the fight might be a draw going into the third round.
     They both came out throwing hard punches & kicks at each other, and Tavares clinched one minute into the final round, pressing Magalhaes against the fence. Magalhaes then walked him across the cage, and pressed Tavares against the fence. Magalhaes pulled guard with a thick guillotine choke, and it looked dangerous, but his arms started to get tired, so Tavares was able to pull his head out and get back to his feet. They continued to clinch, and then Tavares punched Magalhaes in the face as they broke apart. Tavares really started to open up in the last half of the final round, landing some good combinations, and causing Magalhaes to back up, but Magalhaes was still countering with power punches. Tavares looked like a badass in the final 2 minutes of the fight, but other than that last round, I really thought Magalhaes probably did more overall. I have no idea how to score this fight. This fight has split-decision written all over it. I want Magalhaes to win, but I think Tavares did enough to win. The judges were split, and two of them gave the fight to Tavares by a very close split-decision.
      Correia looked clunky as usual, but she landed a few decent power shots in the first round. Eye was picking her apart with her "more" technical boxing, but Eye was leaving herself open to some pretty big counters as well. Correia clinched with a minute left in the round, and pressed Eye against the fence, but didn't really do much with it. They split up and traded strikes for the final 10 seconds. That round probably goes to Eye, especially since we're in Ohio, which will only matter if the fight is close. I think Eye clearly won the first round though.
     Eye started the second round with some slick body kicks, and some pretty decent footwork & boxing, but Correia was still blasting her with some heavy hands. They both looked pretty bloody by the end of the second round, after a pretty close round of brawling. I'm tempted to give that round to Correia just to keep things interesting, but more than likely, Eye is ahead 2-0 going into the final round. Eye looks like she's having some serious issues with her mouth though between rounds. Either a busted lip, or maybe a broken jaw?
     Both of these girls move around A LOT and spend a LOT of energy, JUST moving around. You'll see 2-3 strikes, and then 30 seconds of hopping around, and herky jerky head movement, and feints, and jukin' & jivin', and then a minute or so later, a few more strikes will be exchanged. Correia clinched in the final 30 seconds, and pressed Eye against the fence. Correia probably won that round, but Eye will more than likely win this fight 29-28, ESPECIALLY since we're in Ohio. It was kind of a close fight, but I don't see any way that Correia is going to win this one, especially with her ridiculous cheerleader antics after the final bell sounded. WHAT!?! Two judges gave the fight to Bethe Correia, and the crowd erupted in a violent ocean of boooooooooos... That was a pretty amateur looking fight overall, but they both fought hard, I just don't think either of these girls are as skilled as they think they are. Jessica Eye is now on a 4-Fight losing streak, and Correia just broke her 2-Fight losing streak, by beating Eye in her own hometown. This is going to be a weird night. Bruce Buffer looked sickened when he had to read the final scorecard of this fight.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Calderwood came out throwing kick jabs, trying to keep Andrade at bay, and when Andrade tried to rush in on her, Calderwood made her back off with a big knee to the body, and an elbow to the face. Andrade eventually clinched, picked up Calderwood, and took her down one minute into the opening round, but Calderwood did a good job working her way back to her feet. Andrade picked her up again, and slammed the shit out of her, but Andrade already has a cut on her left eye. Andrade tried to mount Calderwood, and unloaded some big punches, but Calderwood was able to secure full guard, but Andrade picked her up off the ground and slammed the shit out of her again. Andrade is super fucking strong for 115. Calderwood is doing a decent job defending herself from the guard, but Andrade looks way too strong for Calderwood with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Calderwood is still landing some nice elbows from the bottom, and Andrade's eye is a mess. Calderwood tried to stand up, and Andrade slapped on a tight guillotine choke, finishing Calderwood with less than 30 seconds left in round one. Fantastic performance by Jessica Andrade.
      These guys clashed early, and traded some fast moves, with Faber working his leg kicks, and Rivera was blasting him with punches. This is another really close matchup, and that first round is hard to score. I'm giving it to Rivera for landing better punches, but Faber's kicks are working out decently for him, and Faber probably controlled the center of the cage a little more. Close round, but yeah, I'm going with Rivera so far.
     They both came out swinging in the second round, and Faber kicked Rivera in the dick. When the fight started back up, Rivera took control of the center of the cage and continued to pick apart Faber with some decent punch combinations. Rivera dropped Faber 2 minutes into the second round with a hard leg kick that took his knee out. Faber was clearly bothered by it, so Rivera kicked that knee again. Faber looks like his lead leg is going to give out on him at any moment. Rivera spent the rest of the round chopping away at Faber's lead leg, while blasting him in the face with big punch combinations. Round two very clearly goes to Rivera. I have him ahead 2-0 going into the final round. Faber needs a finish if he wants to win.
     Faber came out throwing big punches, looking to end the fight quickly, but Rivera ducked under his shots and countered with some bombs of his own. Rivera threw another leg kick, and Faber caught it, but wasn't able to do anything with it. Rivera dropped Faber again with another leg kick 90 seconds into the third round. Faber then poked the shit out of Rivera's eye with an open hand slap. When the fight continued, Rivera came out throwing tight punch combinations & some heavy leg kicks. Faber landed a few solid shots, but for the most part, this fight was all about Rivera beating the shit out of Faber with his punches & kicks. I've been saying for a while that I think Rivera is one of the best fighters in the Bantamweight Division, and he just took out a legend with a very clear 30-27 decision. It's also worth noting that Rivera is on a 17 fight winning streak, with only one loss in his career, which happened 8 years ago. Jimmie Rivera is a beast!
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Mickey Gall immediately started this fight with a takedown, easily pinning Punk against the fence. Gall landed some big punches, quickly took Punk's back, and Punk held onto his hands for dear life. Punk did a solid job defending against the rear-naked choke, so Gall unloaded some big punches, beat the living shit out of him for a minute or so, kept digging for the rear-naked choke, and then Gall submitted him with a rear-naked choke. Fantastic one-sided ass beating by Mickey Gall in his second UFC appearance. Kudos to Punk for getting in there, but DAMN, outside of some decent submission defense, he didn't really have a chance to show any offense at all in this fight. I'm kind of curious to see if he'll come back after this. Congrats to Gall for the biggest win of his career though, and he called out Sage Northcutt, which I think everyone wants to see.
      OH SHIT! Fabricio threw a flying side kick to the face of Browne in the first second of the opening round, and it connected cleanly. Werdum continued to pick him apart with some punches & kicks, and failed miserably with a single leg takedown attempt. Werdum then did a forward flipping axe kick or some shit. What the fuck is he doing? He then unloaded with some big punches, Browne's finger was dislocated, Browne called a timeout, and the referee let him pop his finger back into place. Technically, this fight should have been stopped, with a TKO victory for Werdum. When the fight started back up, Werdum unloaded some more punches, rocked Browne against the fence, clinched, and then they broke apart. Werdum landed a spinning back kick to the body, and Browne continued to plod forward. Werdum landed a kick to the body, Browne caught it, and tripped him to the ground. Werdum dropped Browne with a massive right hand, jumped on him, unloaded with some big punches, he took Browne's back, started working for a neck crank, postured up, unloaded some more punches, and Browne survived until the end of the round. If Werdum doesn't win this fight, I'm going to explode. Browne basically gave up in the first minute, with his finger injury, and they gave him a second chance. That's bullshit. 10-8 round for Werdum in my opinion.
     Werdum started the second round with some decent strikes, he shot for another terrible single leg that went nowhere, and then he threw a spinning heel kick to Browne's head, and ended up knocking himself to the ground, like a little kid kicking a tree. Browne's finger is still jacked up. Not a lot is happening in the second round, but Werdum is definitely landing more frequently, but neither fighter is throwing much offense. That's a 10-9 round for Werdum. I have Werdum ahead 20-17 going into the final round.
     The third round was another slow round with both guys trading a few back & forth strikes here & there. In the final 2 minutes though, Werdum unloaded and clipped Browne in the chin with some crisp punches, and blasted him with a knee from the clinch. Browne landed a few decent shots, but for the most part, this fight consisted of Werdum absolutely killing Browne for 5 minutes, Werdum got screwed out of a first round TKO victory due to an injury, and then we had 10 minutes of the crowd booing, as Werdum slowly picked apart Browne for the rest of the fight. Pretty shitty fight overall, but Werdum EASILY gets the win in my opinion. After the fight ended, and before the scorecards were read, Edmond Tarverdyan started talking mad shit, so Werdum threw a front kick that knocked Tarverdyan across the cage, and a brawl almost erupted, and I even saw Babalu climbing into the cage. Crazy shit, but congrats to Werdum for winning the unanimous decision victory, I don't think this performance deserves a title shot though.
      Miocic threw some punches, Overeem ran away, Overeem landed a hard body kick, Miocic moved in, and Overeem dropped him with a big punch, and followed it up with a guillotine attempt, but Miocic was able to spin out of it and get back to his feet. They both blasted each other with some massive shots, they both got rocked, Miocic nearly finished Overeem with some punches & pressure against the fence, but Overeem broke free and rocked the shit out of Miocic again. They continued to rock the shit out of each other, Miocic scored a takedown with a minute left in the opening round, and unloaded with some big punches on the ground, and knocked Overeem the fuck out. Fantastic finish for Stipe Miocic in his hometown. Really weird gameplan for Overeem. It sucks that after all this time, 56 MMA fights, and 70+ fights if you count his kickboxing matches, Overeem FINALLY gets a UFC title shot, and he came close to finishing Miocic, but he ended up getting knocked the fuck out near the end of the first round. Tremendous victory for Miocic, and painful loss for Alistair Overeem in the biggest fight of his career.