CLEVELAND -- Cleveland’s own Stipe Miocic has been going nonstop literally since the beginning of the year, but after his third win in 2016, a knockout of renowned kickboxer Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday night, the UFC heavyweight champion will be forced to take time off.
Miocic was given a medical suspension of 45 days with no contact for 30 days, according to the Ohio Athletic Commission report released by MMAWeekly.com.
Early in the first round, Miocic was pursuing Overeem when he got caught with a punch to the jaw and fell backwards. Overeem immediately jumped at the opportunity to put Miocic into a guillotine choke, but the champion kept his feet on the mat and circled his way out of the submission.
Later in the fight, Overeem attempted to throw a right leg kick when Miocic checked it and sent the challenger to the mat. After the takedown, Overeem pulled guard, but Miocic landed a pair of right-handed hammer fists before throwing a left-right combination to the challenger’s face.
Following another left hand, Miocic landed four straight rights to Overeem’s jaw, securing his fourth straight win and third consecutive performance bonus.
According to the report, Overeem was one of five fighters given an indefinite suspension pending further medical testing.
Overeem has to undergo a CT scan within five days of the fight and an MRI after five days. Overeem has been given a minimum 60-day ban after the knockout.
In addition to Overeem, bantamweight Jimmie Rivera, middleweight Brad Tavares, heavyweight Travis Browne and welterweight Sean Spencer were suspended indefinitely.
Rivera must get ophthalmological clearance after suffering an eye poke and claiming to have no vision in his right eye after a unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber. Browne suffered a broken right index finger in a decision loss to Fabricio Werdum, while Tavares suffered a back injury and Spencer had an issue with his left hand.
Fellow Cleveland fighter Jessica “Evil” Eye was suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 after her decision loss to Bethe Correia in the feature bout on the preliminary card.