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Miocic, Rivera shine at UFC 203

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Less than 24 hours before the NFL had their first full Sunday of action, the world of mixed martial arts took this chance to shine as UFC 203 took place live from Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans arena—the hometown of current UFC Heavyweight champion and event headliner Stipe Miocic.

The night got kicked off in a big way with a pretty impressive slate of undercard fights highlighted by a women’s bantamweight bout between Beth Correia and Jessica Eye. The two women waged war for three full rounds before Correia was awarded a split decision victory.

On the main card, the world of women’s MMA continued the trend with a convincing submission victory by Jessica Andrade over Joanne Calderwood.

Jimmie Rivera also looked impressive as he dominated “The California Kid” Urijah Faber in a unanimous decision victory in a bantamweight bout. The loss was Faber’s second loss in a row for the first time in his storied MMA career (he is 1-3 in his last four fights) and after the fight he said he is unsure of what is next in his career.

Many looked at the Rivera vs Faber fight as a changing of the guard with the younger Rivera dominating the veteran and it could have very well been Faber’s last hoorah in the octagon.

The third fight was the highly anticipated MMA debut of former WWE champion CM Punk as he faced off with the young Mickey Gall in a welterweight bout.

Despite much pomp and circumstance and having the Cleveland crowd firmly in his corner his inexperience showed as the Jujitsu brown belt in Gall was able to take Punk down in the opening seconds and forced Punk to tap out before the three minute mark of the opening round.

Punk, despite the loss, took social media by storm with how he took the loss. His postfight interview with Joe Rogan has since made the rounds on social media and whether or not he will get a second fight remains to be unseen, but his underdog story was one that had MMA fans buzzing for months now. While the conventional wisdom is saying that Punk may have had his first and last UFC fight, Gall said he still thinks there is money to be made with the former WWE star in the octagon.

The event ended with a pair of heavyweight bouts. The first of two was a convincing Fabricio Werdum victory by way of unanimous decision over Travis Browne. The real story of this fight was a scuffle between Werdum and Browne’s cornermen after the fight.

The event ended with a first round knockout of Alistar Overeem by current UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Miocic was rocked twice in the first round before finishing the longtime PRIDE star late in the first round.