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Stipe Miocic.

Watch: Look at Stipe Miocic landing brutal unprotected shots to finish Alistair Overeem

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Stipe Miocic retained his UFC heavyweight title at the first time of asking after defeating Alistair Overeem in the first round via knockout.

UFC 203 was in Miocic's home state of Cleveland, Ohio, and the roaring crowd at the Quicken Loans Arena - where the NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers play - clearly energised the champion during his first title defence.

Overeem actually landed the first significant strike during the fight, knocking Miocic to the canvas with a stunning straight left-handed jab.

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The champion recovered quickly and evaded a front-face lock. It wasn't long before Miocic took back over and had Overeem on the backfoot, scaling the outskirts fo the cage.

As you can see in the video below, the champion finally landed some telling shots and was able to mount his Dutch counterpart.

Once on top of Overeem, there was only ever gong to be one outcome. Miocic proceeded to throw bomb after bomb at The Reem and he really took some nasty shots once he became unable to defend himself.

Those straight punches at the end are kind of hard to watch. The referee made the correct call by intervening and Miocic makes a successful start to life at the top of the UFC heavyweight division.

That's four wins in a row for Miocic and Fabricio Werdum, who he dethroned for the title, fought before him on the UFC 203 card. He managed to beat Travis Browne by unanimous decision and the potential for a rematch is there for all to see.

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