UFC 203 Preview & Prediction

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 06, 2016

Saturday night, the UFC returns to PPV with a UFC 203. UFC 203 will be live from Cleveland, where the main event will feature Stipe Miocic defending his UFC Heavyweight Championship against Alistair Overeem, and CM Punk will be making his debut. Without further ado, here is my preview and predictions for this massive card.

UFC Strawweights-Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Andrade: The strawweight strikers will have a scrap. This matchup will see a technical vs. power fighter. Calderwood represents the technical aspect as well as her quickness, where she will use her movement and clinch work to tire her opponents. Calderwood's knees and elbows are dangerous. Andrade is more of a power fighter. She is capable of knocking someone out, but if she doesn't have any movement, she is going to get rocked. Andrade is a dangerous fighter, but I have Calderwood winning due to her technical fighting.

UFC Bantamweights-Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera: The old vs. new blood fight is next on the docket. Both of these fighters are similar in their style and toughness. The x-factor here is youth Faber is past his prime. Meanwhile, Rivera is the up-and-comer that has the potential to be a champion in this division someday. Faber may be the favorite in this fight, but I have Rivera winning in a bout that could be exciting.

UFC Middleweights-CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall: Finally, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion is making his debut. Don't get me wrong; Gall is committed to being a UFC fighter, and that was before he was a serviceable prospect. Then, we have CM Punk, who is inexperienced, but he still has some gas in his body after leaving professional wrestling. I hate to say this since I was a huge CM Punk fan when he was in the WWE, but I don't see him winning. Gall is my favorite to win this bout.

UFC Heavyweights-Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne: Browne is this massive striker that hasn't used his striking in recent fights. The huge problem is that Werdum has improved on his striking, making this fight a must watch. The other problem that Browne faces is that Werdum is a world-class fighter on the ground, and if he gets the takedown, this is going to be a quick fight. In whatever way this fight finishes, Werdum is easily going to win this.

UFC Heavyweight Championship-Stipe Miocic (C) vs. Alistair Overeem: This might be an even-steven match here. 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. Even though Overeem is this striker, he has improved in his ground game. Miocic can also be a wrestler, and will be able to defend in the clinch and the takedowns. This is a crap shoot, but I see Miocic defending his title on his home turf, in which I believe this will be the match of the night.