The Canadian star rendered from a four-year layoff to choke out Michael Bisping and prevail 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 strangle 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 saw it 3 for 3 for the championship challengers at Madison Square Garden in “whats being” readily UFC’s card of its first 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 advertisement at a crossroads got a antique concert from an MMA mythology in St-Pierre and a breakthrough outing from Namajunas that stomped her as the face of the women’s division.
The 36 -year-old St-Pierre had been the UFC’s 170 lb endorse for practically six years old, triumphing 12 straight pushes with nine consecutive claim securities when he walked away. St-Pierre quoth the necessity of achieving a mental breather before he wanted to qualify and oppose again.
Against the trash-talking Bisping, St-Pierre fought like he had only four months off , not four years. The Canadian boxer had takedowns in each of the first two rounds as the jam-packed MSG crowd roared for the devotee favorite.
St-Pierre’s forehead went busted open and his appearance turned into a scarlet mask. He smothered Bisping in blood as they fought on the dirt and stood up seeming as if they had just left the determined of a horror film.
St-Pierre( 26 -2) shook it off and slapped a rear naked suffocate 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 mouth right now ,” GSP replied, wiping blood from his face.
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest aces and pay-per-view gathers during his long reign atop the 170 lb discord, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. He’s back- and ready for yet another designation defense.
Namajunas produced the MSG crowd to its hoofs with a impressive and dominant succes over undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to acquire the 115 lb strawweight championship.
Namajunas( 17 -3) applied a destructive left that descended Jedrzejczyk( 14 -1) and cast the crowd roaring in anticipation of a beatdown. Namajunas pounced on Jedrzejczyk with a series of lefts that ceased the fight during the first round and perhaps signaled the newcomer of a brand-new wizard. She wagged her tongue and strained her limbs wide-ranging as she soaked in the dimensions of the her accomplishment.
Namajunas is statute as “Thug” and returned gasps a few years back when she shaved her long, blonde fastens in favor of a close-cropped slouse. She suffocated back tears as UFC president Dana White slapped the championship region over her shoulder and the followers that had booed her on the way into the enclosure rallied behind her and drowned her out as she spoke about what the win meant.
” Just confidence, conditioning, calmnes, content that I’m the champ ,” she said.
The upset not only pointed Namajunas’ undefeated pas, 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 channels, Joanna showed me how to be a champion but also showed me how not to behave as a champion ,” Namajunas alleged.” I hope tonight changed some of her minds about me. I have so much respect for her and for anyone who steps 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 mentioned Rose want to go to think about how her career will be expanded?
Moments afterward, Dillishaw fell the undefeated Garbrandt with a right and finished him off in the second round to triumph 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 look to aim the first. Garbrandt, predicted by numerous as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he kicked and did a little dancing to the pleasure of the crowd.
But Dillashaw dazed Garbrandt with a high left kick to the front and then a right secure that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and efficiently dissolved the bout. White strapped the loop 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 going into MSG. He moved out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s hopeful breakout star.
Dillashaw won the bantamweight entitlement in 2014 and had two successful justifications before he lost the region 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 away Jorge Masvidal( 32 -1 3) by unanimous decision for a much-needed win on the other two contests on the central card.
UFC necessary these sorts of darknes with its three biggest virtuosoes on the sideline.
Conor McGregor has not announced any future opposes and Rousey spent fight nighttime posting on her social media chronicles word-paintings and video from a video game agreement in California. Jon Jones’ job remains in limbo as he faces a potential four-year postponement 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 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 hotshots to emerge.
The UFC brand carries more weight than the identifies on the pavilion for now and UFC 217 was on pace to grow the third-highest grossing sporting phenomenon in MSG history.
UFC ran held 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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