When you’ve had 70 professional fights, chances are fighting someone in their own backyard, isn’t going to bother you too, too much. This appears to the case with Mr. Alistair Overeem, who is going to battle Stipe Miocic in his hometown of Cleveland, September 10th.
Overeem has been booked to fight the newly crowned, heavyweight champ, as a result of having won four straight fights. In his last outing, the Dutch fighter took out Andrei Arlovski in the second round. Miocic, meanwhile, quickly put away Fabricio Werdum in May to take the heavyweight strap.
Recently Overeem appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing his UFC 203 scrap with the champ, “The Reem” stated the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m actually very excited about [fighting in Cleveland],” Overeem said. “Obviously 99 percent of the arena will be rooting for Stipe. But, you know what, it is what it is. And when I get my hand raised, I have my fans all over the world, but at that moment the crowd will be a little bit quiet. I look forward to that moment.”
Now, when you consider Overeem has over 50 MMA bouts on his resume, 14 kickboxing matches, and has competed in several different nations, it’s hard to imagine him getting bothered by the crowd. Does this mean Miocic won’t have some extra jump because of the thunderous support he’ll be receiving? Of course not.
UFC 203 will be hosted by the Quicken Loans Arena, and in the co-headliner, Werdum will take on Ben Rothwell. The card will also feature the MMA debut of CM Punk, who will take on Mickey Gall.