Stipe Miocic weathered an early knockdown long enough to regain his senses and knockout highly decorated contender Alistair Overeem to defend his UFC heavyweight title for the first time.
UFC 202 took place Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Stipe Miocic versus Alistair Overeem for Miocic’s UFC heavyweight championship served as the evening’s main event.
Overeem seemed to want to keep his distance from the champion in the opening moments of the bout, a strategy that seemed destined for success early after the Dutchman caught Miocic coming forward and planted him on the canvas with a straight shot. He went for the finish in the form of a guillotine, but the Cleveland native was able to use his grappling acumen and return to his feet.
From there, the champ controlled the action. He stalked Overeem around the cage, hurting him with his boxing and trapping him on the cage. Overeem escaped the situation, but couldn’t keep Miocic away. The champion secured a takedown and started throwing shots from the top position. Several landed cleanly, turning Overeem’s lights out and prompting the stoppage. Miocic earned the first defense of his title at 4:27 of round one.
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic improved to 16-2 and retained his title, while Alistair Overeem fell to 41-15 after failing in his first opportunity at the championship.