Bryce's Three More Rounds: UFC 203

Three More Rounds: Bryce's post fight thoughts - UFC 203 1. Faber to retire?

In the second fight of the main card, "The California Kid" Urijah Faber squared off against 12th ranked Jimmie Rivera. This was the fourth time in the last four years that Faber has fought a lesser opponent, but Rivera was determined to ensure he did not lose like others had. Attacking the leg early, he crippled the veteran and won via unanimous decision. Faber seemed to never find his groove, and he has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights. Being 37 and running his own gym, one would think that Urijah is having a good look in the mirror to figure out if he still wants to fight. He is not good enough to win a UFC belt at this point, the only accomplishment missing from Faber's hall of fame career. While it may be difficult to do, I think it's best that he walks away from the octagon and focuses on his apparel company and his gym. No one can discredit anything he has done for the sport, but I would hate to see him fight longer than he should. 

2. Phil Brooks got Punk'd

After nearly two years of hype, former WWE champion CM Punk made his MMA debut against prospect Mickey Gall. Punk, with no prior martial arts experiencing besides karate as a young child, looked like he didn't deserve to be in the UFC, getting mauled by the young Gall. While no one can say anything bad about the balls he had to make the walk, Punk cannot fight. He went in far too aggressive and didn't seem to be ready for a takedown from Gall, a man who had won all of his bouts by submission. Once he was on the mat, it was only a matter of time until Gall synched in the rear naked choke. While I personally hope to see CM Punk fight again, I hope it isn't for a long time to allow him to gain skills necessary to compete in the sport. 

3. #Believeland

In the main event, Cleveland's Stipe Miocic had to defend his belt against Alistair Overeem. You could see Miocic was a hometown favorite, from the emphatic booing of "The Reem" to the pandemonium that ensued when Stipe made his walk to the octagon. The fight itself was brief but exciting, with each fighter getting rocked multiple times. It seemed they were both on wobbly legs at points, but it was Stipe Miocic who came out victorious via TKO. In his post fight speech, I was in awe as he began an "O-H-I-O" chant with the fans. I think it was possibly the loudest chant I have ever heard, even beating out the Irishmen. With his successful title defense, it is unsure who is next in line with the likes of Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Fabricio Werdum at the top.

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