A bizarre moment happened right after UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic defended his title against top contender Alistair Overeem Saturday night at UFC 203 in Ohio. In a post-interview with fight analyst and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Overeem said that the referee might have overlooked Miocic tapping out during a guillotine choke. Miocic answers Overeem’s claim by denying it.
After Overeem was put away by Miocic’s brutal punches, Rogan asked productions to queue up the replay but never saw any tap out.
“I wasn’t even close to tapping out. He let go. I don’t understand how he even thinks that,” Miocic said at the post-fight press conference.
In a report posted by MMA Mania, Overeem may not have been fully focused and very much aware of his surroundings during the interview as he had nothing to say when he saw the replays.
“I don’t know how I tapped out, I had two hands on his hands,” Miocic said. “He’s obviously not feeling too good right now. Honestly, (the choke) sucked, it was terrible, he threw a lot harder than I thought, he kicked a lot harder than I thought, that was my own fault. I knew everything was coming, I trained for those situations. He put me on my ass, I felt fine.
“He got me in that front headlock, I felt fine. I just kept scooting to my right, he didn’t like it and he gave me the opportunity when he fell on the ground and when I got on top of him, game over,” Miocic added.
According to Fox Sports, Miocic said he only heard what Overeem was saying after he had left the Octagon. Miocic wasn’t too concerned about the accusations thrown against him by Overeem because he doesn’t want this to affect his victory.
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