UFC 217 broadcast live on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
UFC 217 Main Event for Middleweight Championship: Georges St-Pierre def. Michael Bisping (c) (submission)
Georges St-Pierre (26-2) choked Michael Bisping (30-8) unconscious to win the Middleweight Championship.
GSP looked as good as he ever has opening up the first round, connecting on stiff jabs and a takedown of the champ.
Bisping slipped an overhand and popped GSP to stun him momentarily. GSP landed the takedown of Bisping, but the champ was able to hip escape.
GSP got the takedown to open the third round yet again. He looked gassed in the second round, and it was an interesting decision to go to the ground, exerting more energy early. From his back, Bisping cut GSP and blood went everywhere. GSP rocked Bisping late, then took his back and choked him out.
Bisping won five consecutive bouts heading into Saturday night’s main event. The defending Middleweight Champion won three consecutive fights before beating Luke Rockhold for the title in June 2016 by knockout and Dan Henderson by decision in the legend’s retirement fight in October 2016.
GSP returned to the Octagon after a five-year layoff. His last loss came all the way back in 2007, with 13 consecutive wins before the sudden disappearance from the UFC. His last seven fights ended in decision.
Bantamweight Championship: T.J. Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt (c) (KO)
T.J. Dillashaw (15-3) stunned Cody Garbrandt (11-1) with a nasty right to win the Bantamweight Championship.
After a tense staredown, the fighters refused to touch gloves and the fight was off.
Garbrandt was all over the place, while Dillashaw seemed calm and collected early on. Garbrandt landed a vicious left hook and backed Dillashaw into the cage, then called for him to come forward.
Dillashaw caught Garbrandt with a kick to the body and a spinning backfist. Garbrandt missed wildly, but hit a right to the jaw that sent Dillashaw sprawling to the mat before the end of the round.
Dillashaw connected on a kick to the jaw that sent Garbrandt falling backwards, but he popped right back up and called for Dillashaw to come forward.
Dillashaw caught Garbrandt again with a swift right hook and sent him sprawling before getting the finish by ref stoppage.
Garbrandt is a heavy-handed finisher, winning nine of his 11 bouts by knockout or TKO.
Dillashaw won two of his last three fights, with his lone loss coming at the hands of former champion Dominick Cruz.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw were once teammates at Team Alpha Male before the latter bounced for Elevation Fight Team.
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Strawweight Championship: Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) by TKO
Rose Namajunas (7-3) TKO’d Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1) to become the new Strawweight Champion.
After an intense showdown, Namajunas pushed Jedrzejczyk away. Namajunas used great head movement to work her way inside, attempting to stay away from Jedrzejczyka’s vicious jab. Namajunas tagged Jedrzejczyk and pounced.
Jedrzejczyk made her way to her feet again, but Namajuna connected yet again and finished her. UNREAL.
Namajunas won four of her last five fights, with her lone loss coming as a decision at the hands of Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Jedrzejczyk won her last four fights by decision, but had previously shown an ability to end her opponents with four knockout victories and one submission win.
Jedrzejczyk was just one title defense away from breaking Ronda Rousey’s title defense record.
Stephen Thompson def. Jorge Masvidal (decision)
Thompson spent much of the first and second rounds jumping in and out, attacking Masvidal and using his length to keep the No. 4 Welterweight at bay. Thompson connected on a nasty overhand left that sent Masvidal sprawling.
Masvidal landed a vicious hook that stunned Wonderboy momentarily, but Thompson was able to continue circling his opponent. Thompson used a strong third round to close out his night, winning by decision.
Paulo Costa def. Johny Hendricks (TKO)
Costa was just too much for Hendricks, aggressively pursuing Hendricks around the Octagon and hurting him over and again with nasty knees to the body, head kicks and pinpoint precise hands.
UFC 217 Best of the Rest
- James Vick def. Joseph Duffy (TKO)
- Mark Godbeer def. Walt Harris (DQ)
- Ovince St. Preux def. Corey Harris (KO)
- Randy Brown def. Mickey Gall (decision)
- Curtis Blaydes def. Alexey Oleynik (TKO)
- Ricardo Lucas Ramos def. Aiemann Zahabi (KO)