The Canadian star rendered from a four-year layoff to suffocate out Michael Bisping and win the UFC middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden
Georges St-Pierre rendered from a four-year layoff and peered through the river of blood that flowed down his appearance to choke 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 is again ,” he said.
St-Pierre’s win in the main event formed 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 entitlement 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 vintage action from an MMA lore in St-Pierre and a breakthrough outing from Namajunas that stamped 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 old, winning 12 straight contends with nine consecutive deed justifications when he keep walking. St-Pierre quoth the necessity of achieving a mental breather before it was willing to instruct 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 jam-packed MSG crowd roared for the devotee favorite.
St-Pierre’s forehead got busted open and his appearance was transformed into a scarlet concealment. He smothered Bisping in blood as they fought on the ground and digested up searching as if they had just left the decide of a horror film.
St-Pierre( 26 -2) shook it off and slapped a rear naked choke 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 mouth right now ,” GSP said, mopping blood from his face.
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest wizards and pay-per-view attractions during his long predominate atop the 170 lb separation, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. He’s back- and ready for yet another name defense.
Namajunas delivered the MSG crowd to its hoofs with a stunning and dominant succes over undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk to triumph the 115 lb strawweight championship.
Namajunas( 17 -3) applied a destructive left that declined Jedrzejczyk( 14 -1) and communicated the crowd roaring in anticipation of a beatdown. Namajunas pounced on Jedrzejczyk with a series of lefts that aimed the fight during the first round and perhaps signaled the arrival of a new whiz. She wagged her tongue and extended her limbs wide-eyed as she drenched in the dimensions of the her accomplishment.
Namajunas is legislation as “Thug” and returned gasp a few years back when she shaved her long, blonde locks in favor of a close-cropped slashed. She suffocated 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 cage rallied behind her and drowned her out as she spoke about what the win meant.
” Just confidence, conditioning, aplomb, content that I’m the champion ,” she said.
The upset is not simply ended Namajunas’ undefeated operate, but she failed to tie Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s record of six straight successful deed defenses.
Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk posed nose-to-nose during the course of its staredown inside the cage.
” In many rooms, 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 rulings about me. I have so much respect for her and for anyone who paces 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 busines will be expanded?
Moments eventually, Dillishaw plummeted 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 in the first round and stumbled to his stool when he took a shot to the look to point 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 dance to the revel of the crowd.
But Dillashaw stunned Garbrandt with a high left kick to the psyche and then a right secure that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and efficiently intent the contest. White strapped the loop around Dillashaw’s waist as the brand-new bantamweight champ.
” No Love” Garbrandt( 11 -1) made one of the loudest ovations of the nighttime when he was shown on the screen marching into MSG. He ambled out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s wannabe breakout star.
Dillashaw won the bantamweight deed in 2014 and had two successful securities before he lost the belt to Dominick Cruz in 2016.
Paulo Costa improved to 11 -0 with a second-round stoppage over Johny Hendricks and Steven ” Wonderboy ” Thompson( 14 -2- 1) throw out Jorge Masvidal( 32 -1 3) by unanimous decision for a much-needed win on the other two bouts on the prime card.
UFC necessity these sorts of nighttime with its three biggest superstars on the sideline.
Conor McGregor has not announced any future contends and Rousey expended fight darknes posting on her social media reports depicts and video from a video game convening in California. Jon Jones’ vocation remained in limbo as he faces a potential four-year dangling for his latest doping violation.
McGregor, who claims he misses a stake in UFC as a condition to fight, is very likely to come to terms and contest again, perhaps to accomplish 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 wizards to emerge.
The UFC brand carries more heavines than the appoints on the pavilion for now and UFC 217 was on pace to grow the third-highest grossing boasting occurrence in MSG history.
UFC ran accommodated 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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