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Miocic to defend title in Cleveland at 203

It was easy to tell how much it meant to Stipe Miocic to win a world championship for Cleveland and now he gets to defend his title in front of those fans.

It was easy to tell how much it meant to Stipe Miocic to win a world championship for Cleveland and now he gets to defend his title in front of those fans.

The UFC likes to do these kinds of things for their guys.

After Stipe Miocic knocked out Fabricio Werdum to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion he scream that he finally gave Cleveland a world championship. It was easy to see that it meant a lot to him.

Miocic grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. He’s been a part of the sports fanbase that has had to deal with so much heartbreak. But now he gets to have a big moment with his hometown fans. The UFC announced that Miocic will defend his championship on September 10 as the headliner of UFC 203 in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena. It will be the UFC’s first-ever event in Cleveland and first event in Ohio since UFC 96 was held in Columbus in 2009.

And no surprise, his opponent is Alistair Overeem. The 36-year-old Dutchman has been red hot with four-straight victories. On May 8, Overeem guaranteed himself a shot at the title with a second-round knockout of Andrei Arlovski. In December he stopped Junior dos Santos in the second round of a completely one-sided fight.

Overeem, a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, has had a rather disappointing UFC career until this late run that has earned him his first shot at a UFC title. Overeem just has his moment in front of his home fans when he stopped Arlovski in a fight in the Netherlands. That was the first-ever UFC event in the Netherlands.

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