The Canadian star rendered from a four-year layoff to suffocate out Michael Bisping and acquire the UFC middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden
Georges St-Pierre recalled from a four-year layoff and peered through the river of blood that flowed down his look to choke out Michael Bisping and win the middleweight championship at UFC 217 on Saturday night.
” I took this battle to challenge myself and I am honored to be champion once again ,” he said.
St-Pierre’s win in the main event obliged it 3 for 3 for the championship challengers at Madison Square Garden in “whats being” readily UFC’s card of the year. TJ Dillashaw won the bantamweight championship and Rose Namajunas won the strawweight title on the pay-per-view card.
UFC 217 goes on the short list of one of the promotion’s great- and a advertisement at a crossroads got a antique execution from an MMA mythology in St-Pierre and a breakthrough outing from Namajunas that stamped her as the face of the women’s division.
The 36 -year-old St-Pierre had been the UFC’s 170 lb champion for practically six years old, triumphing 12 straight contends with nine consecutive entitle defenses when he keep walking. St-Pierre cited the necessity of achieving a mental respite before he wanted to train and fight 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 follower favorite.
St-Pierre’s forehead get busted open and his appearance turned into a ruby-red mask. He stifled Bisping in blood as they wrestled on the soil and stood up seeming as if they had just left the established of a repugnance film.
St-Pierre( 26 -2) shook it off and slapped a rear naked smother at 4:32 of the third largest to snuff out Bisping and win his 13 th straight UFC fight.
” I don’t have words in my opening right now ,” GSP mentioned, erasing blood from his face.
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest hotshots and pay-per-view pumps during his long predominate atop the 170 lb division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. He’s back- and ready for yet another claim defense.
Namajunas raised the MSG crowd to its feet with a startling and reigning win over undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to prevail the 115 lb strawweight championship.
Namajunas( 17 -3) applied a devastating left that put Jedrzejczyk( 14 -1) and moved the crowd roaring in anticipation of a beatdown. Namajunas pounced on Jedrzejczyk with a series of lefts that discontinued the fight during the first round and perhaps signaled the advent of a new star. She wagged her tongue and elongated her arms broad as she soaked in the dimensions of the her accomplishment.
Namajunas is statute as “Thug” and returned gasps a few years back when she scraped her long, blonde locks in favor of a close-cropped slashed. She strangled back snaps as UFC president Dana White slapped the championship loop over her shoulder and the fans that had booed her on the way into the cage rallied behind her and drowned her out as she spoke about what the victory meant.
” Just confidence, conditioning, coolnes, content that I’m the champ ,” she said.
The upset is not simply culminated 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 course of its staredown inside the cage.
” In many methods, Joanna showed me how to be a champion but also showed me how not to behave as a endorse ,” Namajunas spoke.” I hope tonight changed some of her minds about me. I have so much better respect for her and to all persons who stairs into the octagon and does this. I’m so happy right now. I can’t wait to get home, look at my garden and take this all in .”
Where else would a woman appointed Rose want to go to think about how her job will grow?
Moments eventually, Dillishaw descended 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 objective the first. Garbrandt, predicted by many as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he knocked and did a little disco to the enthrall of the crowd.
But Dillashaw stupefied Garbrandt with a high left kick to the foreman and then a right hooking that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and effectively discontinued the bout. White buckled the loop around Dillashaw’s waist as the new bantamweight champ.
” No Love” Garbrandt( 11 -1) earned one of the loudest ovations of the nighttime when he was shown on the screen strolling into MSG. He marched 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 help enhance 11 -0 with a second-round stoppage over Johny Hendricks and Steven ” Wonderboy ” Thompson( 14 -2- 1) put to sleep Jorge Masvidal( 32 -1 3) by unanimous decision for a much-needed win on the other two contests on the main card.
UFC involved this kind of darknes with its three biggest starrings on the sideline.
Conor McGregor has not announced any future engages and Rousey expended fight nighttime posting on her social media details paints and video from a video game pact in California. Jon Jones’ busines is still on limbo as he faces a potential four-year expulsion for his latest doping violation.
McGregor, who claims he requires a stake in UFC as a condition to fight, is very likely to come to terms and vie again, perhaps to end the trilogy against Nate Diaz.
But UFC could just about hang a “Help Wanted” sign on the enclosure door as it looks for a new wave of PPV wizards to emerge.
The UFC brand carries more heavines than the mentions on the marquee for now and UFC 217 was on tempo to become the third-highest grossing boasting happening in MSG history.
UFC flowed propped four posters 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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