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GSP makes history at UFC 217

By on November 4, 2017

st. pierreGeorges St. Pierre made a successful comeback at UFC 217, dispatching rival Michael Bisping with a rear naked choke in the third round to claim the UFC Middleweight Championship.

The win makes GSP a two-division champion, which is a feat only accomplished by fellow standouts BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, and Randy Couture. However, it was not assured that St. Pierre would win the fight, as there were some shaky moments within the bout.

Early on, St. Pierre looked good but seemed to visibly tire in the second round. Although St. Pierre was able to take down Bisping, he couldn’t hold him there for long and Bisping started to become more aggressive in the standup.

In the third, it looked even worse for St. Pierre, who took Bisping down only to eat an assortment of elbows and punches that actually cut GSP open. Bisping would eventually get up from the mat, and things were not looking so good for GSP until he landed a counter left hand off of a missed right by Bisping. The punch rocked Bisping, and St. Pierre followed up with additional punches and ultimately, a rear naked choke.

It was not a good night for defending champions, as Cody Garbrandt got off to a great start but ultimately was stopped with a barrage of strikes in the second round by TJ Dillashaw, who took back the UFC bantamweight title.

Garbrandt won round one, landing a variety of shots and combinations and even flooring Dillashaw briefly with a right hook right before the bell. However, the second round found Dillashaw able to land a huge left high kick that wobbled Garbrandt and ushered the end of the fight.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk also lost her belt at UFC 217, as Rose Namajunas , landing a left hook that sent Joanna to the mat for good. Namajunas continued with ground-and-pound, but it was merely academic and the fight was stopped as Jedrzejczyk actually tapped out due to strikes near the midpoint of round one.

In other action, Stephen Thompson handily defeated Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision and Paulo Costa TKOed Johny Hendricks in the second round of their bout.

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