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Stipe Miocic did what several before him could not Saturday night at UFC 203 – defend the heavyweight title.

Miocic survived an early attack by Alistair Overeem, coming back in the first round to finish him and retain the UFC heavyweight championship in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

With the win, Miocic earned his fourth consecutive win – all of which have come via finish. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion, appeared to have the Ohio native rocked, landing a shot in the opening seconds and going for a guillotine choke. That allowed Miocic to recover, though, and go on to pick up the victory.

After the fight, Overeem stated that he felt Miocic tap to the choke. Replays, thanks to the request of Joe Rogan, showed otherwise.

In the co-main event, Fabricio Werdum earned a victory over Travis Browne via decision. The fight was filled with interesting moments, as Browne suffered a hand injury and asked for a timeout. In the first few seconds, Werdum, a former champion, landing a flying kick to the chin on Browne.

Before the announcement of the winner could be made, Browne’s head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, began talking to Werdum, who proceeded to land a front-kick to the coach. Browne’s corner was escorted from the Octagon.

CM Punk’s MMA debut went how many believed it would, as Mickey Gall scored a takedown and proceeded to beat on him for two minutes before securing a rear-naked choke victory. Punk, a former WWE superstar, said afterwards that he planned to compete again.

Jimmie Rivera earned his biggest win to date, surviving an eye poke to score a decision victory over Urijah Faber and remain unbeaten inside the Octagon. The main card kicked off with Jessica Andrade submitting Joanne Calderwood in a meeting of strawweight contenders.

Bethe Correia upset the Ohio crowd when she was awarded a split decision over native Jessica Eye, while Brad Tavares earned a split decision over Caio Magalhaes. Nik Lentz spoiled the UFC debut of Michael McBride with a second round TKO, and Drew Dober did the same to Jason Gonzalez in the first round.

Yancy Medeiros submitted Sean Spencer in the lone UFC Fight Pass bout. The card lost a pair of fights this week due to visa issues and an elevator malfunction.

Miocic and Overeem were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors, while Andrade and Medeiros picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. The attendance was announced at 18,875 with a live gate of $2.6 million.

Complete results can be found below:

Stipe Miocic def. Alistair Overeem via KO (strikes) at 4:27 of Round 1 to remain UFC heavyweight champion

Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)

Mickey Gall def. CM Punk via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:14 of Round 1

Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jessica Andrade def. Joanne Calderwood via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:38 of Round 1

Bethe Correia def. Jessica Eye via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Brad Tavares def. Caio Magalhaes via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Nik Lentz def. Michael McBride via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 2

Drew Dober def. Jason Gonzalez via TKO (strikes) at 1:45 of Round 1

Yancy Medeiros def. Sean Spencer via submission (rear-naked choke) at :49 of Round 2

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Below are some of the comments from fighters set for action at UFC 203 Saturday night.

The event features Stipe Miocic defending his heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem from Cleveland and the Quicken Loans Arena.

Stipe Miocic: “This is business. I’m going to go out there and do my job. I’ve trained really hard. I’ve trained too hard to just give it up. I worked hard to get this title. I’m going to win. You’ll find out how when my hand is raised. Overeem’s a veteran, he’s fought the best in the world. He’s a great kickboxer, he’s a big and strong guy who’s good on the ground, too. It’s going to be crazy walking out there, but all I’m focused on is the task at hand.”

Alistair Overeem: “I’m here for one goal and one goal only—cement my legacy, get that championship belt and go down in history. I expect Stipe to come with his full arsenal. He’s a very dominant fighter. He’s got power, but everybody at heavyweight has power. I have to be ready for everything—strikes, counter strikes and wrestling. My training camp was great and I feel very comfortable. It definitely feels special and there’s a little bit of nerves. I use those nerves to my advantage and will come out on top. I predict a second or third round knockout.”

Fabricio Werdum: “I want to fight for the title again. I told UFC I wanted to fight soon. Stipe got a nice punch (to win the championship at UFC 198). I don’t have excuses. I’m very excited for this next fight. I want to beat Travis Browne again; this time I want to finish him. After I beat Travis I will sit next to the Octagon and watch my next opponent. Whether it’s Stipe or Alistair, I don’t know. I asked UFC to fight on the same card as Stipe. This is my plan. Our fights are on the same date. I can then get a rematch with him or Alistair Overeem. I finished Alistair in 2006 with a very nice kimura. I’ve fought with Overeem two times. We’re 1-1. My big goal is the belt. It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just want my belt again.”

Travis Browne: “I want to erase our last fight from my memory. The only way to do that is to get right back in there. The opportunity presented itself and I took it (on short notice). Whether it was four weeks or two weeks, it doesn’t matter. Fabricio has continued to round out his game since our last fight. He’s always made improvements. You don’t just wake up as heavyweight champion. He’s continued to evolve his game. The guy’s ranked the No. 1 contender. A win over him puts me right back into the talks for a title shot.”

CM Punk: “I’m just trying to enjoy this week. I’m trying to do everything I can to remain healthy. Right now, I’m cool as a cucumber. I’ve stated before that I’m sure I’ll have pre-fight butterflies, but I’m actually looking forward to feeling that again. They’ve been gone for a long time, I’m glad they’re back. Fans should expect a fight. This is MMA—it’s chaos. I’m coming in to win. I don’t care how it happens. There are a lot of victories already here, but the goal is obviously to get my hand raised. If you think anything but that, it doesn’t matter how hard you’ve trained because you’ve already lost. I belong here and my team belongs here. I’m confident in my preparation. To me, it’s never too late to start something. If you think otherwise, I’m sorry your dreams are so small.”

Mickey Gall: “There are a lot of MMA fighters that have stayed in absolute obscurity. I’ve been given the opportunity to fight CM Punk and now I’m on the damn poster—that’s crazy. I’m going to make the most of it, it’s a lot of fun. Saturday night is going to be the best night of my life, I can’t wait. It’s high risk, high reward. There’s a lot of upside to fighting CM Punk. Any fighter would take this chance. I’m not worried about what CM Punk does. I’m going to go in there and be myself. I keep waking up at night and picturing the ways I’m going to dominate him. I can’t wait to see which one it is.”

Urijah Faber: “I’ve had a lot of fights where the guy is virtually unknown, but very tough. The ones that stand out are obviously the big fights—title fights and super-fights—but this is part of the game. Part of the reason people love to watch me is because I fight. I’m not here to protect a legacy or anything. I’m excited for this fight. I like this kid’s attitude. I like what he represents. He’s a hard-working guy and a respectful guy. He’s put in his time and it sounds like guys are dodging him, because he’s tough and not many people know him. There are a bunch of wussies out there. This is not a sport to be a baby.”

Jessica Eye: “This is an important time in my career. This is do-or-die for both Bethe and me. I’ve not been told I’m getting cut, but I’m looking at it that way. Up until now I’ve been underestimating myself, but now it’s time to turn it on. I believe there’s a reason I’m here under these circumstances. Maybe I was feeling sorry for myself, or thinking I’d made it this far so I should be happy, but how can I just settle? I’ve always told people I’m the kind of woman who doesn’t just settle. I keep going. It’s going to be a knockout Saturday night. I’m not settling for anything less.”

If you missed the debut of “Countdown to UFC 203,” you can catch a complete replay of the entire episode in the video above.

The series spotlights this coming Saturday’s main bouts, including heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem.

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Former UFC heavyweight champions Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovsk put on a show for Hamburg, Germany at UFC Fight Night 93 Saturday.

In the end, it was Barnett scoring a third round submission win after locking in a rear-naked choke.

The card aired on UFC Fight Pass from the Barclaycard Arena.

Former UFC title contender Alexander Gustafsson picked up a decision over Jan Blachowicz in the co-main, while Ryan Bader knocked out Ilir Latifi with a knee in the second round.

Nick Hein, Jessin Ayari, Peter Sobotta, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Taylor Lapilus, Jack Hermansson and Rustam Khabilov were also winners.

Barnett and Arlovski claimed “Fight of the Night” honors, while Barnett and Bader scored “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

The attendance for the first event in Hamburg was announced at 11,763 with a live gate of $913,428.

Complete results can be found below:

Josh Barnett def. Andrei Arlovski via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53 of Round 3

Alexander Gustafsson def. Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ryan Bader def. Ilir Latifi via KO (knee) at 2:06 of Round 2

Nick Hein def. Tae Hyun Bang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27)

Jessin Ayari def. Jim Wallhead via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Peter Sobotta def. Nicholas Dalby via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Veronica Macedo via TKO (strikes) at 3:14 of Round 3

Taylor Lapilus def. Leandro Issa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho ended in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Jack Hermansson def. Scott Askham via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rustam Khabilov def. Leandro Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

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The UFC’s debut in Hamburg, Germany has taken some hits, but hopefully the fight card for Saturday is now set.

In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett battle from inside the Barclaycard Arena. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass, with prelims beginning at 11:45 a.m. and main card action at 3 p.m. ET.

Along with Arlovski-Barnett, Alexander Gustafsson returns against Jan Blachowicz, Ryan Bader takes on Ilir Latifi and Nick Hein squares off with Tae Hyun Bang.

Among those removed from the card include Michelle Waterson, Aisling Daly, Brad Pickett, Reza Madadi and Germaine de Randamie.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett

Light Heavyweight: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latif

Lightweight: Nick Hein vs. Tae Hyun Bang

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/11:45 a.m. ET)

Welterweight: Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead

Welterweight: Peter Sobotta vs. Nicolas Dalby

Female Bantamweight: Veronica Macedo vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith

Bantamweight: Taylor Lapilus vs. Leandro Issa

Heavyweight:: Jarjis Danbo vs. Christian Colombo

Middleweight: Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson

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