Bas Rutten Previews Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem - UFC 203

UFC 203 will be taking place on September 10, at the Quicken Loans Arena (home of the Cavaliers) in Cleveland, Ohio. Honestly, there are a handful of matches I'm genuinely anticipating. Former pro-wrestler CM Punk will be making his long-awaited debut against Mickey Gall. J├ęssica Andrade and Joanne Calderwood are set to engage in a technical war. Plus, the event will feature names like Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, and Ian McCall. Nonetheless, the heavyweight title fight between local hero Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem is unequivocally the most exciting contest.

To end our 203 coverage, I decided to enlist the legendary Bas Rutten and ask him to give his opinion on the fight. He was kind enough to comply, and here's what 'El Guapo' had to say:

"This will be a tough fight to call.

Normally you would say "Overeem", since he is so strong everywhere and he stopped Struve and JDS. Miocic lost by way of KO against Struve and by DEC against JDS.
But the reason I don't say that is because "styles make matches" and Overeem's chin is suspect (He got stopped 9 times in MMA by KO)

Miocic has great footwork and even can knock opponents out while moving backwards (Werdum). He hits hard, so know that he only needs to connect with a solid strike to win.

That's what makes this a great fight: who's gonna land the big one first?

Striking-wise Overeem has more tools being a K1 Champion, but Miocic's hands are great and kicks as well, especially low kicks.

I believe that Miocic should keep AO just outside his reach and keep him there the entire fight. Overeem is going to try to close the distance and clinch, as he's very strong there with knees and powerful takedowns that ultimately lead to vicious G&P.

Verdict: it's really a 50/50. Like I said, the winner will be whoever connects first, since both have great power.

I'm looking forward to this fight. If Overeem can get the belt, it would be great for Holland! Then again, Miocic is a very likable guy and has his whole city of Cleveland behind him, so it would be great for both guys!



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