The Canadian star reverted from a four-year layoff to strangle out Michael Bisping and win the UFC middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden
Georges St-Pierre reverted from a four-year layoff and peered through the river of blood that flowed down his face to choke out Michael Bisping and win the middleweight championship at UFC 217 on Saturday night.
” I took this battle to objection myself and I am honored to be endorse over again ,” he said.
St-Pierre’s win in the main event established it 3 for 3 for the championship challengers at Madison Square Garden in what was easily UFC’s card of its first year. TJ Dillashaw won the bantamweight championship and Rose Namajunas won the strawweight designation on the pay-per-view card.
UFC 217 goes on the short list of one of the promotion’s great- and a advertising at a crossroads got a vintage concert from an MMA myth in St-Pierre and a breakthrough outing from Namajunas that embossed her as the appearance of the women’s division.
The 36 -year-old St-Pierre had been the UFC’s 170 lb champion for practically six years, winning 12 straight campaigns with nine consecutive deed justifications when he keep walking. St-Pierre quoth the need for a brain breather before he wanted to train and campaign 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 packed MSG crowd roared for the fan favorite.
St-Pierre’s forehead went busted open and his appearance turned into a scarlet mask. He stifled Bisping in blood as they wrestled on the field and stood up gazing as if they had just left the organize of a repugnance film.
St-Pierre( 26 -2) shook it off and slapped a back naked suffocate at 4:32 of the third largest to snuff out Bisping and triumph his 13 th straight UFC fight.
” I don’t have words in my opening right now ,” GSP articulated, erasing blood from his face.
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest hotshots and pay-per-view moves during his long predominate atop the 170 lb department, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. He’s back- and ready for yet another claim defense.
Namajunas fetched the MSG crowd to its feet with a impressive and dominant succes over undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to acquire the 115 lb strawweight championship.
Namajunas( 17 -3) used a destructive left that removed Jedrzejczyk( 14 -1) and cast the crowd roaring in anticipation of a beatdown. Namajunas pounced on Jedrzejczyk with a series of lefts that terminated the fight in the first round and perhaps signaled the entrance of a brand-new virtuoso. She wagged her tongue and strained her forearms wide-ranging as she soaked in the magnitude of her accomplishment.
Namajunas is billed as “Thug” and drew gasps a few years back when she shaved her long, blonde fastenings in favor of a close-cropped cut. She choked back rips as UFC president Dana White slapped the championship region over her shoulder and the fans that had booed her on the way into the enclosure rallied behind her and submerge her out as she spoke about what the win meant.
” Just confidence, conditioning, aplomb, content that I’m the champ ,” she said.
The upset is not simply resolved Namajunas’ undefeated range, but she failed to tie Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s record of six straight successful entitlement defenses.
Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk constituted nose-to-nose during the staredown within the cage.
” In numerous ways, Joanna showed me how to be a endorse but likewise showed me how not to behave as a champ ,” Namajunas said.” I hope tonight changed some of her opinions about me. I have so much better 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 afterwards, Dillishaw put the undefeated Garbrandt with a right and finished him off in the second round to acquire the 135 lb championship.
Dillashaw( 15 -3) was rocked during the first round and stumbled to his stool when he took a shot to the face to intent the first. Garbrandt, predicted by numerous as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he knocked and did a little disco to the revel of the crowd.
But Dillashaw stupefied Garbrandt with a high left kick to the psyche and then a right hooking that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and efficiently purposed the bout. White strapped the belt around Dillashaw’s waist as the brand-new bantamweight champ.
” No Love” Garbrandt( 11 -1) earned one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was shown on the screen stepping into MSG. He trod out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s wannabe breakout star.
Dillashaw won the bantamweight entitle in 2014 and had two successful protections before he lost the belt to Dominick Cruz in 2016.
Paulo Costa improved to 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 central card.
UFC necessity these sorts of night with its three biggest idols on the sideline.
Conor McGregor has not announced any future engages and Rousey expended fight night posting on her social media chronicles scenes and video from a video game meeting in California. Jon Jones’ profession remains in limbo as he faces a potential four-year suspension for his latest doping violation.
McGregor, who claims he wants a stake in UFC as a condition to fight, will likely be coming home with the arrangements and contest again, perhaps to complete the trilogy against Nate Diaz.
But UFC could just about hang a “Help Wanted” sign on the cage opening as it looks for a new wave of PPV hotshots to emerge.
The UFC brand carries more weight than the names on the marquee for now and UFC 217 was on speed to become the third-highest grossing boasting happen in MSG history.
UFC moved supported 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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