UFC 203

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UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem
UFC 203 event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 10, 2016 (2016-09-10)
VenueQuicken Loans Arena
CityCleveland, Ohio
Total gate$2,600,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson

UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on September 10, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.[3]


This was the first UFC event in Cleveland.[3]

The event was headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion (and Cleveland area native) Stipe Miocic against 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.[4]

The professional debut of former professional wrestler CM Punk took place at this event. Punk, who signed with the UFC in December 2014, had a delayed debut due to past injuries from professional wrestling that needed treatment and also due to his need for training time. He made his debut against Mickey Gall in a welterweight bout.[5]

The signing of CM Punk was originally announced during the UFC 181 broadcast on December 6, 2014.[6]

Ben Rothwell was expected to face former heavyweight champion Fabrício Werdum at this event. However, on August 11, Rothwell pulled out due to injury. A team representative said he may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury.[7] He was replaced by Travis Browne.[8] This was a rematch as Werdum defeated Browne via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne in 2014.[9]

A lightweight bout between Erik Koch and Drew Dober was originally booked for UFC 195, but Koch pulled out due to an injury and the bout was scrapped.[10] The fight was later rescheduled for this event, until Koch pulled out again due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jason Gonzalez.[11][12]

Mairbek Taisumov was expected to face Nik Lentz at the event. However, Taisumov was removed from the fight on September 1 for alleged visa issues and replaced by promotional newcomer Michael McBride.[13]

On September 5, it was announced that the lightweight bout between Damir Hadžović and Yusuke Kasuya, slated to open the preliminary portion of the card, was postponed and will now take place at October's UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Penn after Hadžović experienced issues with his travel visa.[14]

Ray Borg was scheduled to face Ian McCall at the event. However, Borg pulled out of the fight on September 7 citing an illness. With no time to find a suitable replacement, McCall was removed from the card.[15]

Michael McBride missed weight, coming in at 158 lb. As a result, he was fined 20% of his fight purse, which went to his opponent Nik Lentz.[16]

On the day of the event, C.B. Dollaway was forced out of his bout against Francimar Barroso due to a back injury he sustained in a malfunctioning elevator at his hotel. As a result, Barroso was also removed from the event.[17]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic (c) def. Alistair Overeem KO (punches) 1 4:27 [a]
Heavyweight Fabrício Werdum def. Travis Browne Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Mickey Gall def. CM Punk Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:14
Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Jéssica Andrade def. Joanne Calderwood Submission (guillotine choke) 1 4:38
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women's Bantamweight Bethe Correia def. Jessica Eye Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Caio Magalhães Decision (split) (28–29, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (158 lb) Nik Lentz def. Michael McBride TKO (punches) 2 4:17
Lightweight Drew Dober def. Jason Gonzalez TKO (punches) 1 1:45
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Yancy Medeiros def. Sean Spencer Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 0:49


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[19]

  • Fight of the Night: Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Performance of the Night: Jéssica Andrade and Yancy Medeiros

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Ohio Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $3,056,000.[20]

  • Stipe Miocic: $600,000 (no win bonus) def. Alistair Overeem: $800,000
  • Fabrício Werdum: $375,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus) def. Travis Browne: $120,000
  • Mickey Gall: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. CM Punk: $500,000
  • Jimmie Rivera: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Urijah Faber: $160,000
  • Jéssica Andrade: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Joanne Calderwood: $25,000
  • Bethe Correia: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Jessica Eye: $25,000
  • Brad Tavares: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Caio Magalhães: $20,000
  • Nik Lentz: $76,000 (includes $38,000 win bonus) def. Michael McBride: $12,000 ^
  • Drew Dober: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Jason Gonzalez: $10,000
  • Yancy Medeiros: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Sean Spencer: $17,000

^ Michael McBride was fined 20 percent of his purse for failing to make the required weight for his fight with Nik Lentz. That money was issued to Lentz, an OAC official confirmed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2016-09-11). "UFC 203 draws announced sold-out attendance of 18,875 for $2.6 million live gate". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  2. ^ Jason Cruz (2016-09-19). "UFC 203 PPV buys estimated between 425K-475K". mmapayout.com. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  3. ^ a b Thomas Gerbasi (2016-05-25). "Miocic-Overeem headlines UFC 203 in Cleveland". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  4. ^ Danny Segura (2016-05-25). "Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem set for UFC 203 in Cleveland". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  5. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-06-23). "CM Punk slated for debut vs. Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  6. ^ Mike Bohn (2014-12-07). "Former WWE wrestler Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks signs with UFC for expected 2015 debut". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-08-11). "Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabrício Werdum". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  8. ^ Steven Marrocco and John Morgan (2016-08-11). "Travis Browne steps in for Ben Rothwell, rematches Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-19). "UFC on FOX 11 results, photos: Fabricio Werdum dominates Travis Browne in upset". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  10. ^ Staff (2015-12-04). "Scott Holtzman replaces Erik Koch at UFC 195". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  11. ^ Danny Segura (2016-06-29). "Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober added to UFC 203". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  12. ^ Staff (2016-08-11). "Erik Koch out, Drew Dober draws newcomer Jason Gonzalez at UFC 203". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  13. ^ Danny Segura (2016-09-01). "Nik Lentz gets late replacement Michael McBride at UFC 203". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  14. ^ Staff (2016-09-05). "Saturday's UFC 203 event-opener moves to UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  15. ^ Staff (2016-09-08). "Lightning strikes again for Ian McCall: Fight with Ray Borg pulled from Saturday's UFC 203". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  16. ^ Staff (2016-09-09). "UFC 203 early weigh-in results: How much is Alistair Overeem being fined for being late to the scale?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-09-10). "Elevator incident forces C.B. Dollaway out of UFC 203". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  18. ^ "UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  19. ^ Staff (2016-09-11). "UFC 203 bonuses: Alistair Overeem suffers title loss but picks up bonus check". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  20. ^ Staff (2016-09-12). "UFC 203 salaries: Overeem banks $800k, CM Punk gets $500k show purse on $3 million payroll". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.