UFC 217 was being labeled as the biggest UFC of the year. Three title fights headlined the pay-per-view portion of the fight card. Boy did it live up to the expectations.
UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping defended his title against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre who was returning for the first time since he left the sport four years ago. Who would have thunk GSP could maintain where he left off? WOW!!!! GSP choked out Bisping to capture the 185-pound title and help cement his own legacy as one of the best to ever compete in the sport. GSP is now a two-division champion.
2x champ Dillashaw
Cody “No Love” Garbrandt defended his bantamweight championship against former champion T.J. Dillashaw. Garbrandt came out strong in the first. These two former training partners and enemies put on a hell of a fight. Garbrandt rocked Dillashaw in the first, but he survived and the roles reversed in second. Dillashaw hit the champ with a kick and seconds later dropped him with a right. Dillashaw gets the belt for the second time and then calls out flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.
Longtime UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended against Rose Namajunas who looked to capture UFC gold for the first time since losing the inaugural title match to Carla Esparza in the Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale. WOW!!!!! Rose Namajunas forced Joanna to tap due to strikes and the decision came by way of knockout. Namajunas was the huge underdog. Huge statement here.
Former two-time welterweight title contender Stephen Thompson met Jorge Masvidal in what was expected to be an exciting stand up fight…. and it was. Thompson’s karate like style was too much for Masvidal however as he outpointed him on all scorecards in each round.
Opening up the pay-per-view portion of the fight card, former champion Johny Hendricks met Paulo Costa. Right from the start it was visible that Costa was the bigger, stronger fighter. Hendricks had brief moments of strength but was ultimately overpowered and outmatched in the striking department, being put away in the second round.
Ricardo Ramos defeated Aiemann Zahabi in the opening fight of the night. This one got the excitement flowing. Fans were on their feet and then boom, Ramos lands a spinning elbow that ends the night for Zahabi in the third round.
Moment of confusion
Curtis Blaydes defeated Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight fight that got fans taking their rants to social media. Blaydes opened up Oleinik in the fight and blood was leaking. In the second round Oleinik was grounded but appeared to be getting up when Blaydes threw a kick. The kick barely grazed Oleinik but referee Blake Grice jumped in to stop the action. Doctors come into check Oleinik and the fight is waved off. Blaydes wins.
Gall gets first loss
Mickey Gall and Randy Brown, both prospects found on ‘Dana White’s Lookin’ For a Fight’ met in the center of the octagon. Gall was cut open in the first round and would lose the opening five minutes on points. Things swayed in Gall’s favor in round two as he was dominant from the top position. Now at a round a piece it would go to whoever did something in the third and final round. Gall was cut even deeper in the final frame and was pinned below Brown who went on to hand the New Jersey native his first loss.
OSP with the KO
WOW!!!! Ovince Saint Preux is making a case for another title run as he not only beat Corey Anderson, he put him out cold. In a back in forth battle that could have possibly been ruled in favor of Anderson had the fight gone to the judges, OSP delivered a high kick and dropped his opponent to the canvas.
Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer were standing toe-to-toe in their heavyweight fight when Harris kneed Godbeer in the groin. Referee Blake Grice shouted “stop, stop” and as he ran in to temporarily halt the fight, Harris threw a kick that landed flush to the head of Godbeer. Medical officials called an end to the fight and Godbeer was declared the victor via disqualification.
Vick keeps climbing
James Vick and Joe Duffy stood and traded leather with one another in the main event on FS1 prelims. Vick came away with a TKO win right at the buzzer to close out round two. He put Duffy down with an uppercut and swarmed in before referee Todd Anderson jumped in.
COMPLETE UFC 217 RESULTS BELOW:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Georges St-Pierre defeated Michael Bisping via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3, 4:23 – for middleweight title
T.J. Dillashaw defeated Cody Garbrandt via KO – Round 2, 2:41 – for bantamweight title
Rose Namajunas defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk via KO – Round 1, 3:03 for women’s strawweight title
Stephen Thompson defeated Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Paulo Costa defeated Johny Hendricks via TKO – Round 2, 1:23
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
James Vick defeated Joe Duffy via TKO – Round 2, 4:59
Mark Godbeer defeated Walt Harris via DQ – Round 1, 4:29
Ovince Saint Preux defeated Corey Anderson via knockout (head kick) – Round 3, 1:25
Randy Brown defeated Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Curtis Blaydes defeated Aleksei Oleinik via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 1:56
Ricardo Ramos defeated Aiemann Zahabi via knockout (spinning elbow) – Round 3, 1:58