former professional wrestler and five-time WWE Champion CM Punk will make his UFC debut at UFC 203. Photo Courtesy:  Robert McGoldrick
Former professional wrestler and five-time WWE Champion CM Punk will make his UFC debut. Photo Courtesy: Robert McGoldrick

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC 203 is just right around the corner and some fans are still debating on whether or not they will tune into this event since it really does not contain a major star of the UFC or a match up that anyone has been dying to see. This might be true, but that does not mean that it will not be worthy of  sitting down at home or any bar airing the card. Before anyone decides to sit this card out I will tell you why you do not want to miss this card.

First off before the main card takes place the Fight Pass and Fox Sports sections are stacked with interesting names such as CB Dollaway, Sean Spencer, Francimar Barroso, Brad Tavares, Ian McCall, Ray Borg, Nick Lentz and many more that surely are all wonderful athletes that are dying to put on a great performance in front of the first ever Cleveland crowd.

Then in the main event for the under card who could ask for anything more than a women’s fight between Jessica Eye and Bethe Correia who are also great athletes that are looking to get back on track to a title fight and prove to everyone that women always do everything men can do, but only better.

Now that we have a few basic reasons it is time to move onto the main card where all the real fun begins and to start it off is another women’s fight between Jessica Andrade and Joanne Calderwood. This fight helps the card out due to the fact that both of these female athletes have had great careers and now that they finally will meet in the biggest martial arts company ever to show why they are such a major threat to the women’s strawweight division and prove to the world once again that their weight class is just as big and exciting to watch as every other weight class the UFC has to offer.

Then there is Urijah Faber and Jimmie Rivera and this fight makes the card more worthy of checking out since both of these fighters are well-rounded athletes. Now they have another major opportunity to show their abilities and shock the world. Who would not want to see them go at it? This could very well be a possible “Fight of the Night” candidate. Another thing to mention about this fight is the fact that it could be Urijah Faber’s final fight inside the Octagon after he hinted at a possible retirement after his fight against current Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 199. So why not tune in to watch him compete for what could be his very last performance.

Another big reason would have to be the debut of former WWE superstar CM Punk in his first ever professional mixed martial arts fight against Mickey Gall, who has been dying to welcome Punk into the UFC with a big fight. With Punk being a former WWE superstar could be another reason why fans and others will want to tune into this card to see just how well a man who use to pretend to fight does when he actual fights for the first time ever professionally. Though he will probably not be as big as Lesnar was when he first fought and helped bring wrestling fans into the UFC, but Punk could shock everyone in his debut and who would not want to see another WWE superstar try out MMA and rise to the top the way Lesnar did.

This reason might not be a big as the rest, but it still could be interesting to watch as the co-main event rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne. In their first meeting at UFC on Fox 11, Werdum demolished Browne in a one-sided beating that looked to favor Browne and with that in mind the rematch looks to be no different from their first encounter. Though with all that has happened in the sport in the last two years has surely proven that anything could happen inside the Octagon and with that in mind, fans could possibly see a whole new fight altogether making the fight and entire card more worthwhile watching.

And of course, the main reason this card is worthy of checking out is the main event between current Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem for the UFC Heavyweight Title. Who doesn’t love a heavyweight title fight? Especially when it is between two dominating athletes that have major victories under their belts and are looking to prove to one another who is the true king of their division. With both having knockout power and ground game this fight surely looks to be a main event in the making even when it is the first one to happen in Cleveland and not to mention the current champion is from Cleveland. Oh that just makes me even more excited for this card.

With all the reasons I have stated and others that you all have to say I just hope that you will take this card more seriously and see just why it is not a card you want to miss.

Who knows, it might be full of great fights and major upsets like many other cards have been this year.