The Canadian star returned from a four-year layoff to choke out Michael Bisping and acquire the UFC middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden
Georges St-Pierre returned from a four-year layoff and peered through the river of blood that flowed down his face to suffocate out Michael Bisping and win the middleweight championship at UFC 217 on Saturday night.
” I took this fight to challenge myself and I am honored to be champ once again ,” he said.
St-Pierre’s win in the main event prepared it 3 for 3 for the championship challengers at Madison Square Garden in what was readily UFC’s card of the year. TJ Dillashaw won the bantamweight championship and Rose Namajunas won the strawweight name on the pay-per-view card.
UFC 217 goes on the short list of one of the promotion’s great- and a publicity at a crossroads got a vintage execution from an MMA lore in St-Pierre and a breakthrough outing from Namajunas that embossed her as the face of the women’s division.
The 36 -year-old St-Pierre had been the UFC’s 170 lb champ for practically six years, acquiring 12 straight contends with nine consecutive deed defenses when he walked away. St-Pierre cited the need for a mental respite before he wanted to train and fighting again.
Against the trash-talking Bisping, St-Pierre fought like he had only four months off , not four years. The Canadian soldier had takedowns in each of the first two rounds as the packed MSG crowd roared for the love favorite.
St-Pierre’s forehead get busted open and his face was transformed into a crimson mask. He extinguished Bisping in blood as they fought on the soil and stood up examining as if they had just left the change of a repugnance film.
St-Pierre( 26 -2) shook it off and slapped a back naked choke at 4:32 of the third to snuff out Bisping and prevail his 13 th straight UFC fight.
” I don’t have words in my lip right now ,” GSP said, mopping blood from his face.
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest suns and pay-per-view moves during his long reign atop the 170 lb department, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. He’s back- and ready for yet another designation defense.
Namajunas fetched the MSG crowd to its paws with a impressive and dominant victory over undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the 115 lb strawweight championship.
Namajunas( 17 -3) employed a destructive left that plummeted Jedrzejczyk( 14 -1) and communicated the crowd roaring in anticipation of a beatdown. Namajunas pounced on Jedrzejczyk with a series of lefts that intent the fight during the first round and perhaps signaled the reaching of a new star. She wagged her tongue and pulled her limbs wide as she robbed in the magnitude of her accomplishment.
Namajunas is billed as “Thug” and delivered gasps a few years back when she scraped her long, blonde fastens in favor of a close-cropped slash. She strangled back snaps as UFC president Dana White slapped the championship belt over her shoulder and the love that had booed her on the way into the enclosure rallied behind her and drowned her out as she spoke about what the victory meant.
” Just confidence, conditioning, calmnes, content that I’m the champ ,” she said.
The disturbed is not merely aimed Namajunas’ undefeated move, but she failed to tie Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s record of six straight successful entitle defenses.
Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk posed nose-to-nose during the staredown within the cage.
” In numerous routes, Joanna showed me how to be a champ but too showed me how not to behave as a champ ,” Namajunas said.” I hope tonight changed some of her beliefs about me. I have so much better respect for her and to all persons who paces into the octagon and does this. I’m so happy right now. I can’t wait to get home, look at my plot and take this all in .”
Where else would a woman reputation Rose want to go to think about how her busines will grow?
Moments subsequently, Dillishaw put the undefeated Garbrandt with a right and finished him off in the second round to win the 135 lb championship.
Dillashaw( 15 -3) was rocked in the first round and stumbled to his stool when he took a shot to the face to culminate the first. Garbrandt, provided for by numerous as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he kicked and did a little dance to the satisfy of the crowd.
But Dillashaw stupefied Garbrandt with a high left kick to the intelligence and then a right hooking that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and efficiently purposed the bout. White strapped the loop around Dillashaw’s waist as the brand-new bantamweight champ.
” No Love” Garbrandt( 11 -1) deserved one of the loudest ovations of the nighttime when he was shown on the screen ambling into MSG. He walked out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s hopeful breakout star.
Dillashaw won the bantamweight deed in 2014 and had two successful defenses before he lost the region to Dominick Cruz in 2016.
Paulo Costa help enhance 11 -0 with a second-round strike over Johny Hendricks and Steven ” Wonderboy ” Thompson( 14 -2- 1) put behind bars Jorge Masvidal( 32 -1 3) by unanimous decision for a much-needed win on the other two bouts on the main card.
UFC necessity this kind of nighttime with its three biggest stars on the sideline.
Conor McGregor has not announced any future battles and Rousey spent fight darknes posting on her social media accountings situations and video from a video game pact in California. Jon Jones’ job remains in limbo as he faces a potential four-year suspension for his latest doping violation.
McGregor, who claims he misses a stake in UFC as a condition to fight, will likely come to the requirements and emulate again, perhaps to complete the trilogy against Nate Diaz.
But UFC could just about hang a “Help Wanted” sign on the cage entrance as it looks for a new wave of PPV luminaries to emerge.
The UFC brand carries more heavines than the names on the pavilion for now and UFC 217 was on pace to grow the third-highest grossing boasting occasion in MSG history.
UFC guided comprised four placards in New York state over the 12 months and is set to expand its East Coast footprint in 2018. UFC 220 will take place on 20 January at the TD Garden in Boston and a possible return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center on the horizon.
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