Stipe Miocic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Round 1: The two heavyweights touch gloves to start the fight. Gonzaga lands first with an outside leg kick. Miocic answers with an inside leg kick. Gonzaga lands a counter right hand flush on the jaw of Miocic. Miocic takes it. They exchange hard leg kicks. They trade jabs. Gonzaga delivers a hard outside leg kick followed by a right hand. He continues to land kicks to Miocic’s lead leg. Miocic lands his jab. They stand right in front of each other. Miocic slips and Gonzaga tries to keep him on the canvas, but Miocic gets free. Two minutes remain in the round. Gonzaga fires off a head kick that’s blocked. Miocic lands a leg kick but Gonzaga catches it and fires back a right hand. Gonzaga changes levels and secures a double leg takedown. Miocic immediately gets to his feet. Gonzaga is breathing heavily. He lands an inside leg kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gonzaga.
Round 2: Miocic takes the center of the cage. He slowing walks forward. He lands a counter left hand followed by an inside leg kick. Gonzaga answer with a leg kick. He tries to get the fight to the ground, but Miocic sprawls. Gonzaga moves in with a left hook. Miocic has started checking the leg kicks. Gonzaga looks fatigued. He’s covering and moving away. He throws a high kick that’s blocked. Miocic moves forward with punches. Gonzaga covers. Miocic picks up the pace. He jabs and jabs. He switches it up with a kick to the body. Miocic continues to walk forward with Gonzaga back peddling away. Miocic keeps jabbing. He lands to the body with a hard right hook. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Miocic.
Round 3: Miocic presses forward. He lands his jab. Gonzaga’s output has dwindled to random counter punches. Miocic continues to pop his jab. He mixes it up with an inside leg kick. Gonzaga shoots for a takedown, but Miocic stuffs the attempt. Gonzaga lands to the body. He lands a right hand. Miocic lands his jab. He changes levels and takes Gonzaga down. He lands hammerfists. Gonzaga covers. Miocic stands over him. Gonzaga gets to his feet but slips back to the canvas. Miocic drops into Gonzaga’s guard with a right hand. He stands over Gonzaga. He drops into half guard with hammer fists to the body and head. He lands a big right hand. Gonzaga ties him up. Miocic postures up and lands right hand after right hand. He switches to the left side with punches to the body. Miocic stands. Gonzaga scrambles to his feet. He lands a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Miocic.
The judges scored it for Miocic by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“I was trying to hit him with everything I had. I got him to the ground in the third round. He was on the ground and I had to keep going. He was tough, but it was fun. He hits hard and can take a punch. I did catch him in the third round, finally.
“Now, I’m just looking forward to getting back to my family and whatever happens next, happens.”
“I broke my right hand in the first round. That changed everything. Even though he was faster than me, I couldn’t fight well because of the pain I felt in my right hand.”