Saturday night at the Quicken Loans arena was truly an historic event for the UFC. Headlined by UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic V. Alistair Overeem it was primed to be an explosive card. Miocic, who won the title via KO in Brazil a short while ago, brought the first major sports championship back to his hometown Cleveland, Ohio in over 50 years.
We knew this fight Verses Overeem would be no cakewalk with Alistair being the most decorated heavyweight kick boxer and MMA fighter of all time. Overeem fought cautiously until he landed a straight left that sent Miocic to the ground. Then Alistair slapped on a guillotine choke but was unable to finish the fight.
Once recovered from the scramble Miocic recovered quickly and began pouring on the pressure, landing multiple combinations that badly hurt Overeem. After stumbling backwards from a deadly left hook by Miocic, Overeem was forced to pull guard and was subsequently finished by Stipe via KO.
Another story that was a major key to the success of the PPV was the MMA debut of Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks, a former WWE superstar who left the company following a contract dispute in the prime of his career. After singing a contact in late 2014, Punk has been training at Roufusport, home too many UFC fighters including former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Punk was scheduled to fight Mickey Gall, a 2–0 professional who called Punk out during a taping of “Looking for a Fight with Dana White.” Within the first five seconds of the fight Punk was put on his butt and began to endure a minute and a half beating by Gall. Mickey was able to fairly easily submit Punk by rear naked choke.
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