My Thoughts From The UFC 203 Main Card
Stipe Miocic def. Alistair Overeem via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:27
This was an exciting but weird fight. Overeem had some great offense knocking Stipe down and almost securing a fight ending guillotine but continuously looked like he was running away from Miocic. No, I shouldn’t say looked like because he was really running away from him at different points of the fight. It didn’t matter in the end because a side kick left Overeem off balance and he hit the mat shortly after. Some quick and brutal ground and pound left Alistair unconscious in the middle of the octagon (wake up Overeem, wake up).
Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
This fight started out fairly typical when Werdum charged across the cage and landed a jumping side kick directly to the face of Browne. Oh yeah, by typical I mean WTF!!! Heavyweights are not supposed to attempt things like that (I pulled a hammy just watching it). Save those crazy attacks for the guys under 185 pounds.
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Don’t worry it settled down when Werdum landed a right hand that was partially blocked by Browne causing some kind of finger injury (dislocation or something manly like that). Browne signaled to the referee but before he could step-in Werdum landed a follow-up left hook (Ouch!!!). Ultimately the fight was paused and a doctor was called in to look at the injury. This was very controversial because under the unified rules of MMA, a fight stopped due to an injury from a legal move should have resulted in an immediate TKO victory for Werdum…but who cares? This is UFC 203 and things are only going to get crazier. The fight resumed and Werdum had a couple of almost finishes with a right hand and a choke. The next two rounds were very technical with Fabricio attempting a couple of spinning wheel kicks. Phew, we made it to the end. Thankfully, all the craziness is behind us. Just kidding, before the scores could be read, Browne’s coach Edmund Tarverdyan stepped in with words for Werdum, who responded with a push kick to the Tarverdyan’s body setting off a near melee. Both corners were ejected and Werdum got the decision. I am exhausted from writing this.
Mickey Gall def. Phil “CM Punk” Brooks via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:14
This went exactly like everybody thought it would. No need to get my thoughts on the fight.
Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This was a boring fight that saw Rivera control the pace and win with counter punching. To Faber’s credit he did land an eye poke.
Jessica Andrade def. Joanne Calderwood via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:38
Jessica Andrade won by guillotine. I can’t remember the last time I saw a women MMA fighter win by guillotine. Calderwood looked very small compared to Andrade in the octagon and obviously there was a strength advantage because Jessica had her way with Joanne.