While the Cleveland Cavaliers look to take a 3-2 lead over the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the UFC announced Cleveland’s only active champion will make his first heavyweight title defense in his and LeBron James’ backyard.
Stipe Miocic will break in his freshly-minted crown against Alistair Overeem at UFC 203, which will take place September 10 inside Quicken Loans Arena.
The UFC announced the matchup Wednesday via Twitter. Actually, Miocic announced his fight on the jumbotron at The Q during Game 5.
Miocic is just 11 days removed from knocking out Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 to capture the crown. The Clevelander is victorious in six of his past seven fights, with his lone blemish during his current run coming four fights ago in a controversial unanimous decision defeat to former champ Junior dos Santos.
Overeem secured his long-awaited title tilt earlier this month by posting a TKO over teammate Andrei Arlovski. This marks the second time Overeem was scheduled to challenge for the UFC heavyweight throne.
After beating Brock Lesnar to secure a heavyweight title tilt against then-champ dos Santos, Overeem flunked a random drug test for elevated levels of testosterone and was banned nine months. He proceeded to drop three of four bouts upon his return.
However, “The Demolition Man” has managed to find his demolition man ways by rattling off four consecutive wins.
No other bouts have been reported for the lineup.
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