The heavyweight division in the UFC has been extremely unstable, you just never know what’s going to happen in the cage. Always expect the unexpected when the biggest guys in MMA step into the octagon and start throwing chingasos! As of now, hard hitting Stipe Miocic has the UFC heavyweight belt, but, will he hold on to it? Alistair Overeem is a combat sport veteran, champion, and he’s looking to top of his great career as the UFC heavyweight champion. Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 203: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem.
Alistair Overeem is an MMA veteran with an overall MMA record of 44-14. He’s also a kickboxing champion and has translated those striking skills over to MMA very well. He’s won his last 4 UFC fights and 3 of those have been finished via KO or TKO. But, he’s also been busted for PED’s (performance enhancing drugs). He served a suspension in 2012 and upon his return he lost his next two fights. Although, he seems to have bounced back, it’s hard to tell how he’ll do versus a champion without the help of PED’s.
Stipe Miocic is coming into this title defense with an overall record of 15-2. He’s a finisher! Miocic has finishes off his opponents in 15 of those wins. Eleven by the way of KO/TKO and one by submission (leg kick). Miocic has a strong wrestling base and he uses that to stay standing and unleash powerful chingasos! What’s even scarier about Miocic is that he seems to be getting better!
Look for Overeem to do well early in the fight, with or without PED’s, his stand up skills are unquestionably some of the best in the game. But, without PED’s, as the fight drags on, Miocic will prove to have a better gas tank and will take advantage of openings as Overeem begins to fatigue. Miocic will land hard shots, and sooner or later, Overeem will collapse.
This fight will not go past the third round, and Stipe Miocic will be looking for another opponent to fight in defense of his UFC heavyweight title!
Who do you think will come up on top at UFC 203?
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