The UFC event, headlined by Miocic and Overeem's fight, is being held in Cleveland for the first time.
He's been a champion in kickboxing and multiple mixed martial arts promotions.
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So what's happening up in Cleveland this weekend? Both fighters are coming off of impressive knockout victories, and the key statistical comparisons listed below could be the difference this Saturday. I'm really proud of that.
Well if you like combat sports in any form or love cheering for OH athletes, then the main event should interest you.
In May, Miocic went to Brazil and knocked out Fabricio Werdum in the first round to capture the UFCheavyweight title. He'll make his first championship defense Saturday.
Overeem estimated "99.8 percent" of the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena will be vocal supporters of Miocic, a hometown hero who still works as a firefighter and paramedic in suburban Cleveland.
"No matter what people have always been wearing Cleveland shirts and supporting Cleveland no matter how bad the teams were or how close we were (to a title)", Miocic said. I worked too hard to get it, and I'm not letting anyone take it from me, especially beating me in Cleveland? Punk's opponent Mickey Gall arrives in The Land, where he discovers he has a fan in heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem. Although he's denied it since, it was clear that Werdum had overlooked the heavy-handed wrestler, and ultimately, Miocic delivered the most significant knockout blow of his career while off-balance and backpedalling. Oh, and remember Brock Lesnar? Overeem is known to be this kickboxer, whereas Miocic uses his boxing that has been his bread and butter in recent fights and has given him victories. You see it now.
"I'm very excited for this next fight", he said. I'm going to go with Werdum, via submission.
That sounds like a great fight. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Bantamweight Jessica Eye centers her training on her throwing arm. He managed a win and avoided going 0-3 with an uneventful win over Frank Mir at UFC 169.
"I have had 86 fights all around the world and I've seen it all", Overeem said last week in Los Angeles. Both of these fighters are similar in their style and toughness. "I know that", he said.
Remember Fabricio Werdum from earlier? Meanwhile, Rivera is the up-and-comer that has the potential to be a champion in this division someday. The Dutchman has been fighting for a long time and has almost as many submission victories (19) and knockouts (18).
But before a rematch with current champ Daniel Cormier, some are suggesting that a reunion with Jones (who is rumored to be returning earlier than expected) in the Octagon would be the flawless test, for both fighters.
That fight deserves its own story, one that will run in the paper on Saturday, but for now here are the cliff notes. He left the company in 2014 and despite having no real martial arts or wrestling training he chose to compete in MMA. I think with my 86 fights and my 22 years of training, I've been able to handle it very well.
Okay, I'm sold! How do I watch these fights? The magnitude of UFC's presence shows Cleveland, a city that was catapulted into the national spotlight after the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship and the Republican National Convention flooded the city in July, is on its way to becoming a major player in sought after cities that appeal to blockbuster events.