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Miocic weathers storm, KOs Reem in 1st

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There is a reason why the longest heavyweight title reign is only two success defenses in the UFC. That is because the power those fighters possess is so great it can turn any fight in a split second. We nearly saw Alistair Overeem beat Stipe Miocic in the opening seconds of their title clash at UFC 203, but Miocic weather’s the early storm and knocked Overeem as he successfull defended his championship belt in front of his hometown crowd in Cleveland, Ohio.

Overeem nailed Miocic in the opening seconds and sent him back on the mat. Overeem jumped right on him and got him in a guillotine. Miocic, though, was able to rip Overeem’s arm from around his neck and created some space. Overeem said he thought he felt a tap, but there definitely was none. Miocic’s power is more than just in his punching. He stood up, pulled Overeem’s arm away and got right back in the fight.

Then Miocic shot in to take Overeem down, gained top position, stood up and rained heavy punched down on Overeem’s face with perfect accuracy. Overeem’s head was bouncing off the canvas before he was knocked out at 4:27 in the opening round.

Miocic certainly has the chin and power to possible become the longest-reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history, which after one successful title defense is certainly not too soon to talk about, but picking anybody to do that against guys that big and strong it surely a questionable thing to do.

Werdum beat Brown by unanimous decision

Further proof of the incredible power heavyweight have was the co-main event featuring former champion Fabricio Werdum and Travie Brown. Werdum beat Brown pretty handily, with the judges scoring it 29-28, 29-27, 30-27, but it was a fight that both guys have chances to end it early.

Werdum started the fight with a flying sidekick. He probably should have stopped Brown in the first round with a 60-12 strikes landed discrepancy. He also almost made Brown tap out when he got control of his back and sunk a choke in, but Brown wouldn’t go away. He pushed back with power and showed off his chin, just not enough to sway the judges.

Gall out-classes Punk before first round submission

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CM Punk should not have been in the octagon with a fighter like Mickey Gall. Sure, he’s an athlete and actually had good mat wrestling ability developed from his career as a professional wrestler, but it was clear the entire fight that he had no clue what he was doing against Gall. Gall might only have a small handful of fights on his pro resume, but he is a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Punk is a white belt. And he looked lost.

In the opening seconds of the fight Gall shot in, took Punk down and the former WWE Champion had no idea how to keep him from getting his back. Gall missed his first submission attempt when Punk got his chin down before Gall could squeeze, but the second attempt ended the fight at 2:14.

After the fight Gall used the moment to call out another fighter with a bigger name in the octagon than deserved: Sage Northcutt.

Rivers chops down Faber for unanimous decision

It was like watching the Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber fight all over again. Jimmie Rivera hammered Faber’s lead left leg with vicious kicks and prevented the California Kid from ever getting going as he cruised to a 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 victory.

At one point Rivera knocked Faber down with a sweeping leg kick. Faber, who always shows off his tremendous resilience, was able to keep in the fight, but was never able to land a takedown to get the more powerful Rivera off his feet.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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