The Canadian star returned from a four-year layoff to choke out Michael Bisping and win 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 strangle 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 champion 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 easily 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 promotion at a crossroads got a antique accomplishment from an MMA myth 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 champion for nearly six years old, winning 12 straight battles with nine consecutive deed protections when he walked away. St-Pierre quoth the need for a mental respite before he wanted to study and battle again.
Against the trash-talking Bisping, St-Pierre fought like he had only four months off , not four years. The Canadian fighter had takedowns in each of the first two rounds as the jam-packed MSG crowd roared for the fan favorite.
St-Pierre’s forehead went busted open and his face turned into a ruby-red concealment. He suffocated Bisping in blood as they battled on the ground and stood up examining as if they had just left the move of a horror film.
St-Pierre( 26 -2) shook it off and slapped a rear naked strangle at 4:32 of the third to snuff out Bisping and acquire his 13 th straight UFC fight.
” I don’t have words in my opening right now ,” GSP said, mopping blood from his face.
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest superstars and pay-per-view attracts during his long predominate atop the 170 lb divide, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. He’s back- and ready for yet another designation defense.
Namajunas returned the MSG crowd to its feet with a startling and reigning succes over undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the 115 lb strawweight championship.
Namajunas( 17 -3) used a devastating left that discontinued Jedrzejczyk( 14 -1) and transported the crowd roaring in anticipation of a beatdown. Namajunas pounced on Jedrzejczyk with a series of lefts that objective the fight in the first round and perhaps signaled the entrance of a new whiz. She wagged her tongue and unfolded her arms wide as she immersed in the dimensions of the her accomplishment.
Namajunas is billed as “Thug” and produced gasps a few years back when she shaved her long, blonde fastens in favor of a close-cropped gash. She choked back tears as UFC president Dana White slapped the championship loop over her shoulder and the fans 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, material that I’m the champ ,” she said.
The disturbed is not merely ended Namajunas’ undefeated run, but she failed to tie Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s record of six straight successful entitlement defenses.
Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk posed nose-to-nose during the course of its staredown inside the cage.
” In numerous practices, Joanna showed me how to be a champ but too showed me how not to behave as a champion ,” Namajunas said.” I hope tonight changed some of her minds about me. I have so much respect for her and to all persons who steps into the octagon and does this. I’m so happy right now. I can’t wait to get home, look at my garden-variety and take this all in .”
Where else would a woman appointed Rose want to go to think about how her profession will be expanded?
Moments eventually, Dillishaw fell 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 terminate the first. Garbrandt, provided for by many as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he knocked and did a little move to the enjoy of the crowd.
But Dillashaw dazed Garbrandt with a high left kick to the pate and then a right fasten that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and effectively culminated the bout. White fastened the belt around Dillashaw’s waist as the new bantamweight champ.
” No Love” Garbrandt( 11 -1) earned one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was shown on the screen sauntering into MSG. He ambled out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s wannabe breakout star.
Dillashaw won the bantamweight designation in 2014 and had two successful defenses before he lost the loop to Dominick Cruz in 2016.
Paulo Costa improvement of 11 -0 with a second-round stoppage 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 contests on the prime card.
UFC required this kind of darknes with its three biggest starrings on the sideline.
Conor McGregor has not announced any future battles and Rousey spent fight night posting on her social media accountings paints and video from a video game pact in California. Jon Jones’ job is still in a limbo as he faces a potential four-year postponement for his latest doping violation.
McGregor, who claims he requires a stake in UFC as a condition to fight, will likely be coming home with terms and play again, perhaps to accomplish the trilogy against Nate Diaz.
But UFC could just about hang a “Help Wanted” sign on the enclosure opening as it looks for a new wave of PPV hotshots to emerge.
The UFC brand carries more heavines than the refers on the pavilion for now and UFC 217 was on tempo to grow the third-highest grossing sporting happen in MSG history.
UFC passed contained four cards 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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