It’s been a busy week in the world of the UFC and with the Sunday’s Las Vegas card approaching things will only get busier.
Stipe Miocic headlines UFC 203 against Alistair Overeem
After Cleveland’s own Stipe Miocic won the UFC Heavyweight title after brutally knocking out Fabricio Werdum he is set to defend his belt against one the world’s better known and most dangerous strikers, Alistair Overeem. UFC 203 will mark the first time the promotion will be in Cleveland and with Miocic being the hometown hero one can only imagine a packed house come fight night.
Miocic (15-2) is a winner of six of his last seven bouts which includes recent finishes of Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski. Since winning the title in under three minutes Miocic has become even popular due to single handedly ending the 52-year pro sports championship drought.
Overeem (41-14-1) is currently riding a hot streak of his own after two back-to-back finishes of Andrei Arlovski and Junior dos Santos. Having won four straight and six of his last seven the former Dream, Strikeforce and K-1 champion is after the one belt that he has always dreamt of capturing, the UFC heavyweight title.
UFC 203 takes place September 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio.
Matt Brown gets quick turn around, faces Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201
An exciting welterweight bout been added to an already exciting UFC 201 card in Atlanta as Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger will lock horns in what should be a slugfest.
Brown (20-14) is coming off of a tough third round submission loss to Demian Maia earlier this month at UFC 198 and is looking to rebound quickly against a tough opponent. Brown has found it tough to get a W in recent times as he has dropped three of his last four but with eight wins in last eleven outings the No. 8 ranked welterweight in the world could be right back in title contention with a dominant win in Atlanta.
Ellenberger (30-11) has always been a tough and dangerous opponent for anyone and was once considered to be on the verge of a title shot. Unfortunately for the 31-year old UFC veteran he has dropped five of his last six, with a loan submission win over Josh Koscheck in 2015. While his career may have fallen on hard times of late, Ellenberger still shows glimpses of the greatness that once had him on the cusp of title contention.
UFC 201 takes place July 30 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and is headlined by a welterweight title bout between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.