UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic Will Fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 203
UFC announced big news for the city of Cleveland, just as native son Stipe Miocic ended the city’s 52-year championship drought by defeating Fabricio Werdum for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 198.
Not only is UFC coming to Cleveland for UFC 203 this fall, Miocic will have his first Heavyweight Championship defense against Alistair Overeem in the main event of the pay-per-view, scheduled to take place on September 10th at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Overeem is a natural contender, considering he’s fresh off a four-fight win streak that includes victories over Andrei Arlovski and Junior dos Santos, both former UFC Heayvweight Champions. While some expected Werdum might be granted an instant rematch, I think it makes sense to hold off on that fight and build to the rematch rather than rushing right into it, perhaps by giving Werdum another opponent to build himself back up. Then again, if Werdum gets another fight and loses, the rematch with Miocic suddenly loses its appeal. Of course, if Miocic loses to Overeem, the rematch kind of loses its luster anyway. And with the hometown advantage on his side, it could be a loss that would prove to be hard to bounce back from. But hey, this is all conjecture at this point. I think it’ll be interesting to see how UFC handles the pay-per-views post-UFC 200.
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