Will Georges “Rush” St-Pierre recapture UFC gold or will champion Michael Bisping derail the legend’s comeback in Madison Square Garden?
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The Sports Courier’s Fred Richani recaps the UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre results, featuring the return of GSP and three UFC title fights!
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UFC 217: Bisping vs. GSP Recap
UFC 217: Bisping vs. GSP Results – November 4, 2017
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
UFC welterweight championship: Georges St-Pierre def. Michael Bisping (c) via submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd 3, 4:23 to win the title.
Round 1: GSP looked great here. Caught Bisping with some good shots that stumbled the champ. Big question from here is whether GSP’s cardio with hold up. 10-9 GSP
Round 2: Bisping turned up the pace as GSP started to slow down. Bisping quickly got back up and tagged GSP with good combos. Clear momentum shift towards the end. 10-9 bisping
Round 3: Bizarre pre-round with Bisping’s cup breaking and need to be reattached, as well as GSP’s mouthpiece going missing. When the round finally starts, GSP takes Bisping down, but eats several elbows that cut him open. Bisping was doing more damage off of his back than GSP on top. A bloodied GSP chooses to stand back up and trade with Bisping. GSP rocks Bisping with a huge left and ground and pound. For whatever reason, Big John doesn’t stop the fight, so GSP opts to choke Bisping out via rear naked choke to become the NEW UFC middleweight champion!
UFC bantamweight championship: T.J. Dillashaw. def. Cody Garbrandt (c) via knockout – Rd 2, 2:41. Dillashaw wanted to touch gloves. Garbrandt wouldn’t oblige.
Round 1: Pretty even with no major strikes until Gabrandt knocked Dillashaw down with right hook at the end of the round. Dillashaw wobbled to his corner. Garbrandt’s speed is unreal.
Round 2: Garbrandt gains confidence as the NYC crowd chants “FU TJ.” Dillashaw knocks Garbrandt down with a head kick. Garbrandt answers with a left hand. Big right hook by Dillashaw sends Garbrandt straight to the mat as he finishes him off to become a two-time UFC bantamweight champion. Another stellar performance. Dillashaw gets in Garbrandt’s face and celebrates with his team as the former champion wonders what the hell just happened. Dillashaw embraced Garbrandt afterward, but he clearly wasn’t all there.
UFC strawweight championship: Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) via knockout (punches) to win the title. Huge upset. Jedrzejczyk caused a ruckus leading up to this fight by insulting Namajunas for her real life mental health issues. Jedrzejczyk got right in Namajunas’ face right before the fight. Namajunas repaid Jedrzejczyk with a right hand that knocked her down. Jedrzejczyk temporarily recovered only to be dropped with a huge left hand and several shots on the ground before the ref saw enough.
Namajunas not only hands Jedrzejczyk her first loss and wins the title, but even made the now-former champion tap to strikes. Post-fight Namajunas says she’s a normal person and we should all be nice to each other. Namajunas came across so humble and likable after a star making performance.
Stephen Thompson def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision.
Paulo Costa def. Johny Hendricks via TKO – Rd 2, 1:23. Costa looked like a light heavyweight with a physique chiseled out of stone. Post-fight Costa cuts a nice promo in English and Portuguese stating he will be UFC’s next Brazilian.
UFC 217 Prelim Results
James Vick def. Joseph Duffy via TKO – Rd 2, 4:59
Mark Godbeer def. Walt Harris via disqualification – Rd 1, 4:29. Godbeer was hit low. When the referee attempted to pause the action, Harris hit Godbeer with a ridiculously late head kick. Harris dominated the fight, but lost due to a huge mental lapse in judgment.
Ovince Saint Preux def. Corey Anderson via knockout – Rd 3, 1:25. Anderson looked very good throughout the entire fight before getting caught with an OSP head kick that knocked him out cold. Post-fight OSP called out Ilir Latifi.
Randy Brown def. Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Curtis Blaydes def. Aleksei Oleinik via TKO – Rd 2, 1:56
Ricardo Ramos def. Aiemann Zahabi via TKO – Rd 3, 1:58