For Stipe Miocic, it was an impressive win in front of the hometown audience at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He knocked out Alistair Overeem in the first round of their UFC heavyweight title fight, making UFC 203 a night to remember for all in attendance. But for those outside of Cleveland, that dominating knockout win played second fiddle to what had happened earlier that Sunday night – Mickey Gall submitting former WWE Superstar CM Punk in the first round of their welterweight match.

Miocic overcomes guillotine choke to pull off quick win against Overeem

UFC 203’s main event didn’t start out too well for Miocic, who took a hard left kick and a punch from Overeem, leading to the Dutchman knocking him down and putting the defending heavyweight champion in a guillotine choke. Miocic escaped that submission soon enough, and while he appeared slightly shaken up at first, he landed a flurry of blows, working toward pushing Overeem toward the fence and eventually landing a big takedown.

A series of mounted punches inside the guard knocked out Overeem, and the match was all over, just 4:27 into the first round.

After the fight, Miocic told reporters that he wasn’t hurt, despite Overeem being stronger than he had expected and hitting a big combination that led to an early knockdown. He said that his goal at UFC 203 was to shut Overeem down and “turn the motherboard off,” something he convincingly accomplished after quickly recovering from the knockdown.

CM Punk gets “punked” by youthful Gall

The UFC debut of Phil Brooks, known in the wrestling community as CM Punk, was one that many had been looking forward to, after multiple setbacks pushed it back to 21 months from the time he had signed with the company. But even wrestling fans were skeptical that Punk would win at UFC 203, given his lack of legitimate fighting experience, injury history, and the fact that he will be turning 38 next month.

As such, it was not surprising at all that he would lose easily to Mickey Gall in their much-hyped welterweight fight, but not surprising either that the match was what most people were talking about on social media in the run-up to, and in the aftermath of UFC 203.

Punk hardly had a chance against the 24-year-old Gall, who had only one match in his UFC career prior to last night’s event. He wasted no time attacking Punk, and even as he failed two times to lock in the rear-naked choke, the former WWE wrestler had no answer to Gall.

Third time proved to be the charm, however, as Gall was finally able to get the rear-naked choke locked in, making Punk submit at the 2:14 mark of the first round.

After the match, Gall showed confidence in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, stressing that he’s not a “gimmick” fighter, and that he’s “not going (expletive) anywhere” in the UFC. He went on to call outSage Northcutt, saying that in his next fight, he’d want to “punch the spikes out of his hair.”

Other UFC 203 results

The rest of the UFC 203 main card also saw Fabricio Werdum defeat Travis Browne via unanimous decision in a contentious heavyweight fight, where Werdum had gotten physical with a member of Browne’s camp after the match.

Jimmie Rivera routed Urijah Faber in bantamweight competition, picking up a unanimous victory and dealing the Californian veteran his third loss in four fights. And in women’s strawweight action, Jessica Andrade submitted Joanne Calderwood via guillotine choke at the 4:38 mark of the first round.

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