UFC 203 Main Card Review

So this weekend saw UFC 203 take place and we finally got to see if CM Punk had what it takes to make it in the UFC despite having no previous experience amateur or otherwise so here it is my review of the UFC 203 main fight card.

UFC 203: Miocic v Overeem

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Jessica Andrade vs Joanne Calderwood – Winner Jessica Andrade by Submission

The opening fight of the night began with the pair going straight to the centre if the octagon and Calderwood was trying to use her reach advantage to keep Andrade at bay but this didn’t last long with Andrade taking Calderwood down to the ground but there was a cut to the eye of Andrade but there was no sign of where it came from. Calderwood managed to get to her feet again but not for long as she was slammed into the mat by Andrade and then was hit with some nice body shots, Calderwood was doing some good defensive work but Andrade scooped her up like nothing before slamming her into the mat again. As the pair are on the floor we are informed that the cut came from an elbow from Calderwood.

Andrade got some good side control and landed same nice shots to the ribs of Calderwood before she attempted to get up Andrade grabbed hold of Calderwood’s neck and slamming herself backwards and locking in a tight Guillotine choke hold and not letting go until Calderwood eventually taps out. It looks as thought Andrade’s decision to drop down in weight class was a good idea indeed as she dominated the fight.

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Jimmie Rivera vs Urijah Faber – Winner Jimmie Rivera by Unanimous Decision

This was the most boring fight of the night with only one really good 2nd round Faber decided to try and stand toe to toe with Rivera probably not his smartest move as he has some serious knock out power.

The first round was a cagey affair with Faber trying to figure out the best way to mess up Rivera’s game plan and Rivera swinging with some wild punches looking for that one fight stopping punch.

The second round was the best of the fight both fighters took to the centre of the Octagon Faber went for a kick to the inner thigh of Rivera but managed to land a low blow and the fight was stopped while Rivera caught his breath the changing point of the fight Rivera landed a viscous leg kick to the left knee of Faber taking him clean out hitting the mat, Faber managed to get up quite quickly but his leg and knee appeared red and swollen and he was hobbling around on it. Rivera took full advantage of this and continued his assault of the same leg throughout the 2nd round Faber did a good job of masking the pain he was in as he always does when he is hurt. Towards the end of the round there was some good back and forth between the pair and Rivera caught Faber with a good right left combo before the round ended.

The third round started off with both fighters rushing to the centre of the Octagon and the pair threw some wild punches at each other with Rivera getting the better contact  of the two. Faber looked like he was out of ideas and Rivera continued to land some more kicks to the leg of Faber. Faber managed to poke Rivera in the eye and looking at the replay you could see that he hit/slapped him with an open hand causing the fight to be stopped whilst the Doctor took a look at Rivera’s eye but they agreed to let the fight cary on as the fighter said he wanted to continue. The fight continued with some more shots being thrown by the pair but again Rivera was landing the better shots and continued with the leg kicks towards the end of the round Rivera landed a god right and left combo but it wasn’t enough to stop the fight there were more punches thrown in the last 10 seconds before the fight ended.

After the fight you could here Rivera telling his corner that he could not see out of his eye. (I have checked and it has been confirmed that he has a crack behind his retina and a scratch on the white of the eye and one Doctor is not sure if or when he’ll get full vision back in the eye so we will have to wait and see.)

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Mickey Gall vs CM Punk – Winner Mickey Gall by Submission

So the long awaited arrival of CM Punk finally came around after 2 years of him signing the contract and being fit enough to fight after injuries and an operation and it turns out I was right all along with how he would fair. The fight got underway and Punk threw a wild Right jab attempt at Gall which he paid dearly for as Gall slipped under it and took Punk down to the mat Gall managed to land some really heavy shots on Punk and Punk had no answer what so ever to the torrent of punches he was getting and we got to see what happens when a fighter with a high level Brown belt in Brazilian Ju Jitsu comes up against a guy with a White belt. Gall swarmed all over Punk and attempted to get a Rear naked choke locked in but failed on the first attempt it wasn’t too much longer though and Gall got it locked in forcing Punk to tap out pretty much straight away ending the fight in the first round. (An interview later on with Dana White on a follow up show has him quoted as saying that he doesn’t think Punks next fight should be in the UFC)

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Fabricio Werdum vs Travis Browne Winner Fabricio Werdum by Unanimous Decision

The last time these two fought was back April 2014 with Werdum winning and Browne breaking his hand foot and injuring his ribs. Werdum tried to put the fight to bed straight from the bell by running across the Octagon and flying side kicking Browne in the face. Werdum tried to go for the ankle of Browne but missed but got straight back to work and landed a good combo of punches on Browne. Werdum tried a Spinning cartwheel kick but just missed the head of Browne. Browne then threw a punch at Werdum that was blocked with the elbow Browne then wheeled away in pain trying to call a time out which does exist in UFC so with right Werdum went after him and landed a shot to the head before the ref stopped the fight to find out what the issue was and it appeared that Browne had dislocated a finger but if the rules were stuck to the fight should not have stopped at this point and the crowd let them know it by booing. The fight got underway again and Werdum landed a good body kick on Browne the pair traded a few shots then Werdum landed a good combo to the head and Browne fell into the cage. Browne landed a good counter on Werdum before catching a kick by Werdum and throwing him to the floor. Werdum landed a big right hand that floored Browne and he then managed to gain back control and attempted to lock in a Rear naked choke but Browne managed to defend himself until the end of the round.

The second round got under way and Browne came out looking like he could not make a full fist with his right hand due to the finger injury Browne managed to knock down Werdum but he just sat in the floor as Browne threw some lack lustre kicks at him and then Werdum got to his feet. The fight slowed down a bit at this point and the crowd once again showed there annoyance by booing the fighters before the pair traded some kicks. Browne managed to land a good left jab but Werdum responded with a body kick right after, the last minute of the round was a reasonably quiet one but it the last 10 seconds Werdum tried another Cartwheel kick only to miss again.

The third round began and Browne tried to land a front lick to the head of Werdum but missed the mark. Werdum then landed a good body kick and an over hand right on Browne, the fight slowed down again before Werdum attempted a take down but was shrugged off by Browne. Werdum looked to have taken his foot off the gas and Browne looked cagey due to the injured hand, Browne attempted to high kicks but both were blocked. The last minute of the round didn’t add up to much and the buzzer went without much else happening apart from the crowd booing loudly as the fight was over.

Before the winner was announced Werdum was rubbing his eye to simulate someone crying to the crowd something was said between a corner man and Werdum and Werdum decided to throw a straight kick at the corner man there was some pushing and shoving before both corners were sent out of the Octagon and Werdum was declared the winner.

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Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem – Winnder Stipe Miocic by KO

The last fight of the night was for the Heavyweight title between new champion Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem one of the spots most decorated strikers.

The fight started off with both fighters feeling each other out and getting into there rhythm and it wads the champ who stepped up the pace first and tried to land a combination. Overeem managed to land a good shot knocking Miocic down to the ground before trying to lock in a Guillotine but Miocic managed to get out of this and started chasing Overeem around the Octagon. Miocic landed a good right hand of Overeem and you could tell that Overeem was hurt and the champ chased him around the Octagon catching him with a good right and a uppercut Overeem looked shaky and his defence looked messy wit his hands being really low. Overeem attempted a poor low kick which Mioc managed to catch the ankle get Overeem down to the ground before taking top position and landing two good hammer fists to the face of Overeem before landed some good ground and pound to the body before going to the head again and just raining punch after punch down on Overeem until eventually one found the sweet spot on the chin and knocked Overeem out cold and then landed two more shots for good measure before the ref jumped in to stop the fight.

And that about wraps up another UFC events as always for all your UFC needs stick with @Deadpool_1984 only at Skatronixxx.com

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