The Stars of UFC 203

The UFC made its first stop inside the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio and it did not disappoint.

The night's main event was a heavyweight affair as Cleveland's own and current King of the big men, Stipe Miocic was set to defend his heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem. The co-main event pitted two more heavyweights against one another as former champion Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne met for the second time. Cleveland was kind and the athletes involved came out to fight but there were some and who stood out more than the rest thanks to their phenomenal performances.

Stipe Miocic

The hometown hero and current UFC heavyweight champion overcame an early scare to not only retain his title but knockout one of the worlds most devastating strikers in Alistair Overeem. 'The Reem' looked to be in fine form landing some big body kicks and a huge straight punch that floored Miocic. With the smell of blood in the water Overeem dived in and attempted to secure a guillotine but the champion, thanks in no part to a huge roar from the crowd escaped and started to hunt his opponent down. After the two stood toe-to-toe for a while it was Miocic who got the better of a scramble, managing to get Overeem to the ground where he landed huge shots from the top knocking him out cold.

The win marks Miocic's fourth straight KO/TKO finish in as many fights. Those heavy hands have turned the lights out of some the UFC's most elite that include Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt.

Yancy Medeiros 

The Hawaiian born Medeiros was a problem at 155-pounds and on Saturday announced his arrival to the welterweight division with an absolute bang as he stopped a very tough Sean Spencer in the second-round of their meeting. Medeiros (13-4-1) landed a beautiful left high kick that hurt Spencer badly, dropping him to the canvas. Smelling blood the 29-year old Hawiian immediately jumped onto the wounded Spencer, sinking in a deep rear-naked-choke forcing the former golden gloves champion to tap.

With 4 wins in his last 6 fights a new division may just be what the always dangerous Medeiros needs to start a real run at UFC glory. For Spencer this marks his third straight loss and could potentially cost him his job with the promotion.

Jessica Andrade

The first Brazilian female to have ever competed inside the octagon made the walk for the sixth time on Saturday and it may have been her single greatest performance to date. Taking on rising star Joanne Calderwood to kick off the pay-per-view portion of the card, the 24-year old was dominant from the first seconds of the fight right up until the end. Pushing forward Andrade used her superior power to out muscle and bully Calderwood, slamming her numerous times while landing some good ground and pound before managing to sink in a deep guillotine choke with just over 20-seconds remaining in the first round.

Calderwood (11-2) is no slouch and was on an impressiv erun of her own prior to UFC 203 winning two straight over Cortney Casey and Valerie Letourneau which may have had her on the cusp of a future title shot. Every fight Andrade (15-5) always seems to improve on her previous outing and now having won two straight at 115-pounds over Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood, we could potentially see this young Brazilian phenom get a title shot very soon with another impressive and dominant win.

By: Nick Strickland

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