NEW YORK CITY – The UFC has returned to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, for the second time in a little under a year and, much like their debut event in November of last year, three title fights sit atop one of the organisation’s most stacked cards of the year.
In the main event, one of the most dominant champions in the history of the sport returns after a self-imposed four year hiatus to move up a weight class and challenge current 185-pound kingpin Michael Bisping.
The third title bout pits Joanna Jędrzejczyk, perhaps the most dominant female fighter in the sport’s history, against a supremely focused ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas.
Middleweight – Michael Bisping (c) vs. Georges St-Pierre — St-Pierre wins by rear naked choke submission (Round 3, 4:23) | Video: Georges St-Pierre puts Michael Bisping to sleep to win middleweight title
Bantamweight – Cody Garbrandt (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw — Dillashaw wins by knockout (Round 2, 2:41) | Video: T.J. Dillashaw dethrones Cody Garbrandt via knockout in Madison Square Garden
Women’s Strawweight – Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas — Namajunas wins by knockout (Round 1, 3.03) | Video: Rose Namajunas TKO’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk after the champion taps to strikes
Welterweight – Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal — Thompson wins by decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Middleweight – Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Costa — Costa wins by TKO (Round 2, 1:23)
Lightweight – Joe Duffy vs. James Vick — Vick wins by TKO (Round 2, 4.59)
Heavyweight – Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer — Godbeer wins via DQ (Round 2, 4:29)
Light Heavyweight – Ovince St. Preux vs. Corey Anderson — St. Preux wins by knockout (Round 3, 1:25) | Video: Ovince St. Preux lands stunning head kick knockout at UFC 217
Welterweight – Mickey Gall vs. Randy Brown — Brown wins by decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Heavyweight – Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Curtis Blaydes — Blaydes wins by TKO (Round 2, 1:56)
Bantamweight – Aiemann Zahabi vs. Ricardo Ramos — Ramos wins by KO (Round 3, 1:58) | Video: UFC 217 begins with ultra violent KO of the year contender