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Michael Bisping 'crushed inside' after UFC 217 title loss, says he won't retire

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NEW YORK – Michael Bisping is disappointed but not overly deflated following the loss of his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre[autotag] in Saturday’s UFC 217 main event.

Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) was going for his second title defense in the pay-per-view headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the fight didn’t go his way. St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) returned from a nearly four-year hiatus and claimed the gold with a third-round submission, marking a new chapter in the 185-pound division.

Bisping didn’t receive much praise for his title run because he claimed the belt on short notice against Luke Rockhold and then defended it against a non-top 10 opponent in Dan Henderson. His reign is over now and while naturally unhappy with how things played out, Bisping said there’s not much to hang his head about.

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“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in this sport. I really am,” Bisping told reporters at UFC 217’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. “You can’t take that away from me. My kids are over there. They just said, ‘I thought you would be more pissed off.’ Of course I’m pissed off. I’m crushed inside. I am. But also at the same time you’ve got to realize what’s important in life. This is what I dedicate my life to. I do it for my children.

“I’m happy with what I’ve done. I’m crushed inside, but life goes on. Every time you fight one man is going to win, and one is going to lose. You can’t cry like a little (expletive). All respect to Georges. Well done. He beat me. I felt fantastic going in there tonight. I thought I would smoke him, and I didn’t, so well done.”

Although he didn’t come out with his hand raised, Bisping said he wasn’t particularly surprised about how the fight unfolded. He lost the first round to St-Pierre before winning the second with some solid striking. St-Pierre hit his groove in the third, though, and managed to drop Bisping with a hard punch before jumping on a rear-naked choke that put him to sleep.

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Reading St-Pierre after such a long hiatus from competition was a challenge. However, Bisping was unwilling to make excuses about the outcome.

“I didn’t win, ultimately that’s why we do it,” Bisping said. “Georges was the better man. I felt good in there. I just got clipped. It’s the way it goes. … Nothing surprised me other than that left hook that dropped me of course. That was a big surprise.”

Prior to UFC 217, Bisping mentioned the possibility of retirement – win or lose. He eventually walked back those comments and said St-Pierre wouldn’t be his last fight, and he reaffirmed that afterward. The UFC recently confirmed a March event in London. And as a proud Englishman, Bisping said he could potentially fight on that card.

The loss at UFC 217 is still fresh, but Bisping said he won’t go out on the loss to St-Pierre.

“I don’t need time off,” Bisping said. “I’m fine. I’ve got no injuries whatsoever. I’m not hurt at all. I got a couple of little marks on the face. Maybe March in London. That sounds nice. … I don’t want my last time in the octagon to be me getting choked out. So I’ll be back in there at some point.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Excited about Rose Namajunas' UFC title win? You've got nothing on Justin Gaethje

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If you think you were excited about Rose Namajunas’ title win at Saturday’s UFC 217 event, you’ve got nothing on Justin Gaethje.

Following UFC 217, where Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) dethroned strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with a dominant first-round TKO, Gaethje shared a celebratory video.

The UFC lightweight contender didn’t hold back with an emotional outburst following his teammate’s victory over previously undefeated Jedrzejczyk (via Instagram):

“Oh my God, I’m (expletive) crying right now,” Gaethje says in the video. “Ahh! Believe in yourself! Oh, Rose is my (expletive) hero and idol. Oh my God! (Expletive) yeah!”

Heading into the event, which aired on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, Jedrzejczyk was a massive 8-1 favorite, and she had turned up the pre-fight trash-talk throughout the week. Namajunas, though, took the high road.

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“There’s just been a lot of trash-talking,” Namajunas said after UFC 217. “People aren’t really being true to themselves or honest. Maybe that’s just what they feel they need to do to entertain, but I’m kind of sick of it. I’m sick of all the hate and anger. I feel like we have a duty as fighters to try to be a better example.”

Meanwhile, Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, meets former champ and No. 5-ranked Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.

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For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC 217 Athlete Outfitting pay: 3 title fights help move 2017 payout past $5 million

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NEW YORK – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 217 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $315,000.

UFC 217 took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were the three fighters who entered – but did not exit – the event as champions. Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) all received a maximum program payout of $40,000 as reigning champions coming into the card.

Those three title fights pushed the UFC 217 payout total to the second-highest mark of an event in 2017 and pushed the year’s total north of $5 million.

The full UFC 217 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Michael Bisping: $40,000
Georges St-Pierre: $30,000

Cody Garbrandt: $40,000
T.J. Dillashaw: $30,000

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $40,000
Rose Namajunas: $30,000

Stephen Thompson: $10,000
Jorge Masvidal: $15,000

Paulo Costa: $2,500
def. Johny Hendricks: $20,000

James Vick: $5,000
def. Joseph Duffy: $5,000

Ovince Saint Preux: $15,000
def. Corey Anderson: $5,000

Mark Godbeer: $2,500
def. Walt Harris: $5,000

Randy Brown: $5,000
def. Mickey Gall: $2,500

Curtis Blaydes: $2,500
def. Aleksei Oleinik: $5,000

Ricardo Ramos: $2,500
def. Aiemann Zahabi: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,077,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,400,500

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 217, including one the UFC got wrong

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 217 in New York City, went with as their backing tracks – though we later found out new strawweight champion Rose Namanjunas intended to have a different tune, only to have a production error end up with the result listed below.

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Georges St-Pierre def Bisping via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:23

Georges St-Pierre: “Afro Trap Pt. 7 (La Puissance)” by MHD

Michael Bisping: “Song 2” by Blur

T.J. Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:41

T.J. Dillashaw: “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Cody Garbrandt: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:03

Rose Namajunas: “Supersonic” by Oasis

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “Przejmij Ster Swoje Dlonie” by Rena Gosx Gutek

Stephen Thompson def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Stephen Thompson: “Wonderboy” by Tenacious D

Jorge Masvidal: “Tony Montana” (Scarface Theme Song)

Paulo Costa def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:23

Paulo Costa: “2026” by Lagum

Johny Hendricks: “I’ll Sing About Mine” by Josh Abbott Band

James Vick def. Joe Duffy via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:59

James Vick: “Bring Em Out” by T.I.

Joseph Duffy: “Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile” by Sean Mor

Mark Godbeer def. Walt Harris via disqualification (illegal kick) – Round 2, 4:29

Mark Godbeer: “Supersonic” by Oasis

Walt Harris: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

Ovince Saint Preux def. Corey Anderson via knockout (head kick) – Round 3, 1:25

Ovince Saint Preux: “Push It” by Rick Ross

Corey Anderson: “My Time” by Fabolous

Randy Brown def. Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Randy Brown: “Broad Daylight” by Vybz Kartel

Mickey Gall: “Hey Mickey/Woke Up This Morning” by Toni Basil/Alabama 3

Curtis Blaydes def. Aleksei Oleinik via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 1:56

Curtis Blaydes: “Encounter The Ultimate (Mortal Kombat Theme)” by The Immortals

Aleksei Oleinik: “Ballad For The Suppression” by Vladimir Vysotsky

Ricardo Ramos def. Aiemann Zahabi via knockout (spinning elbow) – Round 3, 1:58

Ricardo Ramos: “Get Your Walk On” by Xzibit

Aiemann Zahabi: “Still Crusin” by Eazy E feat. The Game

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 136.5 – UFC 217 wrap-up with Bisping, Namajunas

Episode No. 136.5 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

John Morgan and Cold Coffee wrap up what was unquestionably one of the greatest UFC events of all time, talking all about UFC 217. Hear their thoughts on the night’s card from New York’s Madison Square Garden, as well as a few words from headliner Michael Bisping and new champ strawweight champ Rose Namajunas.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.


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UFC 217 video highlights: Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk


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Joanna Jedrzejczyk did all the talking in the lead-up to UFC 217. Rose Namajunas let her actions talk for her on fight night.

Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the biggest underdog on the card, shut down Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the first round with a knockout stemming from a massive left hook. Jedrzejczyk closed as a favorite of more than 8-1. The fight was called a knockout, but the champion tapped due to the onslaught of punches Namajunas rained down on her at the 3:03 mark of the first round.

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The loss was the first of Jedrzejczyk’s professional career. The buildup to the fight featured a boat load of trash talk from Jedrzejczyk, who even took aim at Namajunas’ mental state. But in the end, Namajunas walked right through all of it.

The women’s strawweight title bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above, and listen to Namajunas talk about her performance below.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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New champ Rose Namajunas 'sick of all the hate' in MMA, vows to set good example after UFC 217

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NEW YORK – Newly minted UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas did her best to deflect the trash talk coming from Joanna Jedrzejczyk prior to their showdown at UFC 217, but Jedrzejczyk made it tough.

In the end, Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) wound up silencing Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with her fists on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Now she wants to use her platform as UFC champion to help restore order ini MMA and be a better role model for the world.

“There’s just been a lot of trash talking,” Namajunas said after her title-winning stoppage. “People aren’t really being true to themselves or honest. Maybe that’s just what they feel they need to do to entertain, but I’m kind of sick of it. I’m sick of all the hate and anger. I feel like we have a duty as fighters to try and be a better example, you know.

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“Martial arts is about honor and respect. It takes a lot of courage to get in that cage no matter who you are. I just want to try and set an example in that way.”

Prior to the event, Namajunas said she was fighting to encourage mental health awareness, an issue that’s dear to her heart. The meeting with Jedrzejczyk brought into focus her family’s history of mental illness and a tumultuous childhood, in part because the now former champion called her out on it.

At several points, Jedrzejczyk bullied Namajunas with her words and twice put her fist on Namajunas’ face as the two stared each other down at press conferences. Namajunas stayed almost completely calm and expressionless each time. When they faced off at the ceremonial weigh-ins, Namajunas recited the Lord’s prayer.

She refused to engage. Her talk, she did in the cage.

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With the belt now around her waist, Namajunas wants to encourage others to not give in to anger and to take the positive road in life. Although she fights in a cage for a living, she said martial arts practice has the ability to bring light into the world.

“Just with the rest of the world, I think there’s a lot of negativity everywhere you look,” Namajunas said. “It’s just negativity all the time. I’m just trying to be that positive light as much as possible. I’m not perfect, either. But maybe we’ll figure out how to make this world a better place.”

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For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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T.J. Dillashaw after UFC 217 title win: Demetrious Johnson can't run from me anymore

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NEW YORK – Newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is ready to drop to the flyweight division to challenge champ and pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson.

Is Johnson ready to accept? That’s the $2 million question, but Dillashaw thinks it will happen.

“Demetrious can’t run from this one,” Dillashaw said after his second-round stoppage of Cody Garbrandt to reclaim the title at UFC 217. “This one’s too big. (Johnson) broke his (title-defense) record. He got to pad himself and break his record. Now, let’s make some money.”

With the belt around his waist, Dillashaw’s bargaining power is a lot better than a few months back, when Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) rejected a matchup with him in favor of a record-breaking fight against Ray Borg at UFC 215 for his 11th straight title defense.

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The way Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) sees it, it’s in Johnson’s best financial interest to take this offer.

“(Johnson is) talking about how he wants those seven-figure fights – well, this is it,” Dillashaw said at UFC 217’s post-event press conference after the pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden. “Step up, be a man of your word, and let’s get this fight going.”

UFC President Dana White is no more opposed to the idea now than he was when he tried to get Johnson to face Dillashaw after Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from a headliner at UFC 213.

Despite the fact that Dillashaw never has competed in the octagon at 125 pounds, White appears willing to give the idea a shot.

“It’s not up to me to feel confident about it,” White said of Dillashaw’s weight cut. “It’s him. Does he feel confident he can make that weight, and he was very confident when I talked to him that he could do it.”

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Perhaps the bigger obstacle is the dollar figure that will be needed to motivate Johnson, who’s previously rejected moves up in weight unless given a $2 million payday.

“He’s a partner in the pay-per-view,” White said. “Let’s see what your pay-per-view does. You’re a partner. Let’s see what you make.

“Listen, you can’t be in a position where you’re like, ‘I want $2 million, (Expletive) you, I don’t care what you make. I don’t care how much this thing sells. I just want $2 million.’ Go tell your boss you want $2 million. You don’t give a (expletive) what it costs him. See what he says.”

Dillashaw admits it won’t be easy for him to move down in weight. But after getting spurned by Johnson the first time around, he’s providing all the verbal incentives needed to make the fight a reality this time.

And it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to drop the pounds, he adds.

“The reason why I look so lean at 135 is the way I work,” Dillashaw said. “I put muscle on to be at 135. I’m not a big (bantamweight). I walk around at 150, but I stack on, and I stay lean. I kept my diet since ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ I’ve been on a new diet with a new strength and conditioning coach, and he keeps the muscle on me, because that’s what I need.

“When I go to (flyweight), we’re going to have to lean that down. It is a lifestyle change.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk after UFC 217 title loss: 'Don't compare me to Ronda Rousey'

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NEW YORK – Joanna Jedrzejczyk is dismissing any parallels to Ronda Rousey’s career after losing the UFC strawweight title on Saturday at UFC 217.

Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) fell short of tying Rousey’s record for most consecutive title defenses by a female champion when she suffered a first-round knockout loss to Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on the UFC 217 pay-per-view card at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Prelims aired on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

She was emotional after the fight, but unlike when Rousey’s long title reign and undefeated record came to an end courtesy of Holly Holm, the Polish fighter showed up at the post-event press conference and took the loss head-on.

That alone separates her.

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“Please don’t compare me to Ronda Rousey,” Jedrzejczyk told reporters at UFC 217’s post-fight news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. “I love her so much, and we have very good relationship, but please let’s leave this bull(expletive) away. I never take fights personal, and I’m not emotional when fighting.”

The comparisons to Rousey stem from Jedrzejczyk’s demeanor in the lead-up to UFC 217. She seemed to try harder than usual to build animosity with Namajunas, and there was some speculation that her attitude could have the potential to backfire.

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Jedrzejczyk dismissed that notion, though, and said she’s not going to make any excuses for her sizable upset loss. She said she was caught off guard by Namajunas’ attacks.

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“This is what happens,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Congrats to Rose, I’m happy for her, but it was not personal. This is what happened. The things which happened before the fight had nothing to do with this fight. It was a good punch. She cut me off. I really don’t know what happened, but it’s the fight. We take these risks.”

As far as what comes next, UFC President Dana White didn’t turn down the idea of booking an immediate rematch. Namajunas didn’t seem entirely opposed to it, either. Jedrzejczyk said that’s what she wants, and given the history of UFC running back fights for longtime champions, there’s a good chance she gets her wish.

“I will sit and talk to Dana and the UFC,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I think I’ve been a good athlete and a good champion for the UFC. I think I deserve the rematch. If I get the rematch we will see. I am looking forward.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 draws reported 18,201 attendance for $6.2 million live gate in Madison Square Garden return

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NEW YORK – Saturday’s UFC 217 event drew an announced attendance of 18,201 for a live gate of $6.2 million.

UFC President Dana White announced the figures following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC 217 took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The event was the UFC’s sixth in the state of New York since MMA legislation was passed in 2016. Prior to UFC 217, the promotion visited Long Island in July, Buffalo in April, Brooklyn in February, Albany this past December, and New York City a year ago for the landmark UFC 205 pay-per-view.

The historic UFC 205 event a year ago, headlined by Conor McGregor’s quest for two concurrent titles, as well as two other championship bouts, drew 20,427 fans for a live gate of $17.7 million.

The UFC New York attendance marks since the 2016 legislation include:

  1. UFC 205: McGregor vs. Alvarez” – 20,427 attendance ($17.7 million live gate)
  2. UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre – 18,201 attendance ($6.2 million live gate)
  3. UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2” – 17,110 attendance ($2 million live gate)
  4. UFC 208: Holm vs. De Randamie” – 15,628 attendance ($2,275,105 live gate)
  5. UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum” – 11,918 attendance ($1,088,332 live gate)
  6. UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov ” – 6,216 attendance ($411,000 live gate)

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 bonuses: Title winners Namajunas, Dillashaw, St-Pierre get extra $50,000

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NEW YORK – Rose Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St-Pierre each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 217 event, and Ovince Saint-Preux and Ricardo Ramos took home $25,000 bonuses.

No “Fight of the Night” award was given. Instead, all five fighters won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC President Dana White announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) choked Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) unconscious with a third-round rear-naked choke to capture the middleweight title. St-Pierre returned after a four-year layoff and became just the fourth two-division champion in UFC history.

Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) upset Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) to win the bantamweight title with a second-round knockout. The two brought a major grudge into the fight since Dillashaw was a former Team Alpha Male member who left the camp.

Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) upset Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) to win the women’s strawweight title as the biggest underdog on Saturday’s card. Namajunas stunned Jedrzejczyk in the first round and knocked her to the canvas, then pounded away till she got the finish.

Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC) struggled in the first 10 minutes against Corey Anderson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC). But in the final round, “OSP” caught Anderson with a head kick to put him away. And Ramos (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) landed a wicked spinning elbow to knock out Aiemann Zahabi (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the night’s first fight.

UFC 217 took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 results: Georges St-Pierre chokes out Michael Bisping to become two-division champ

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After four years away, Georges St-Pierre made UFC history on Saturday night.

St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), who left the sport as a long-reigning welterweight champion, returned to the UFC and choked out middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) to become the new 185-pound titleholder and just the fourth two-division champion in the promotion’s history.

The middleweight title bout was the main event of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

St-Pierre went to the center and faked a kick while Bisping circled on the outside. Bisping tried to pepper a jab, but St-Pierre landed a right hand over the top. He tried a spinning kick shortly after that. St-Pierre missed on a right hand that had bad intentions. Bisping landed a left, but Bisping hit a solid jab seconds later. With two minutes left, St-Pierre clipped Bisping with a right hand, but couldn’t drop him.

A spinning kick whiffed for St-Pierre with 90 seconds left, and with a minute left St-Pierre dropped down for a takedown and secured it. It didn’t take long for Bisping to get back to his feet, but St-Pierre landed a right and a glancing kick before the horn. If anyone wondered how St-Pierre would respond after four years off, they got their answer.

St-Pierre tried a side kick early in the second, then tried it again 90 seconds into the frame. A right hand clipped Bisping not long after that. But Bisping’s best punch of the fight came a little more than two minutes into the round when he popped St-Pierre’s head back with a right. With two minutes left, St-Pierre got Bisping down in the center of the octagon and got to half-guard.

But without taking any damage, Bisping was right back to his feet and landed a big right hand. Bisping nearly took St-Pierre off his feet with a punch and slip, and St-Pierre looked to be much slower deep in the second than he was at the start of the round. Bisping glanced a high kick off St-Pierre’s head, then another not long before the round ended.

Fifteen seconds into the third, St-Pierre took Bisping down for the third time. But Bisping landed elbows from the bottom and cut St-Pierre open. Bisping wrapped St-Pierre up in guard and played defense from his back. St-Pierre got an elbow through. Just past the three-minute mark, Bisping got back to his feet. St-Pierre was a bloody mess from Bisping’s elbows. Bisping landed a right hand, but St-Pierre landed seconds later.

But a perfect left hook landed for St-Pierre and put Bisping on the canvas. St-Pierre dropped down and started hammering away with punches. John McCarthy gave the champ plenty of time to defend and work his way out. But St-Pierre let Bisping get out – only to take his back and quickly sink in a rear-naked choke.

Bisping refused to tap and went out cold, and St-Pierre was the latest two-division champion in UFC history.

“I knew he had a problem with the shot coming from the right,” St-Pierre said afterward. “That’s what we did most of the fight. (The submission) was a trick. I think the best thing in fighting is to set up a trap.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Rose Namajunas over Joanna Jedrzejczyk by KO? Odds against it were astounding

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— UFC (@ufc) November 5, 2017

Rose Namajunas came into her fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk as the biggest underdog on the entire UFC 217 card. That makes her win to claim the strawweight title a bonafide shock, but how she did it is even more of an upset.

According to at least two different sports betting sites, odds of a Namajunas win by TKO or KO were +2500 (meaning a bet of $100 would win you $2,500). That makes it one of the least likely possible results – second only to a draw (+8000) – according to the odds.

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It makes sense, of course. Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had never won a pro fight via strikes. Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) had never lost as an MMA fighter, and she was known for her prowess as a kickboxer. To see her lose the title was shocking enough. To see her get knocked out by an opponent known for her submissions was the last thing most of us expect.

But if you’re trying to collect on that far-fetched prop bet, that’s where the exact nature of the fight’s ending becomes an issue. The bout was announced as a win by knockout, but it appeared that Jedrzejczyk actually tapped to strikes, which might make it technically a submission.

It seems like a small distinction, especially in the big picture of a huge upset and UFC title shakeup. But if you’re the one with money on the line, suddenly it seems to matter a whole heck of a lot.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 217 results: T.J. Dillashaw finishes rival Cody Garbrandt to reclaim 135-pound title

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The bad blood between Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw finally got a chance to boil over Saturday night, and an ex-champ got his title back.

Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) stunned Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) with a head kick, then moments later planted him again with a right hand before finishing him with a series of punches on the ground. The end came at the 2:41 mark of the second round – and came after Dillashaw was saved by the bell in the first round when Garbrandt nearly had him finished.

The bantamweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

Dillashaw and Garbrandt had become heated rivals in the lead-up to the highly anticipated title fight. They were teammates at the famed Team Alpha Male camp in Sacramento, Calif., before Dillashaw left the camp with former coach Duane Ludwig.

The two coached opposite each other earlier this year on “The Ultimate Fighter,” where their bad blood frequently was on display. But Dillashaw had the last word – for now – on Saturday.

Garbrandt went to the center and Dillashaw switched stances, like normal. Garbrandt threw a right kick. Dillashaw answered with a knee to the body, then tried a spinning kick. Dillashaw worked an inside leg kick, then danced away from a Garbrandt right. Garbrandt threw a hard right kick that was off the mark.

Midway through the round, Garbrandt put together a combination that nearly took Dillashaw off his feet. Dillashaw tried to get inside, but was met with a left hook. Garbrandt got a right jab to land late in the round, but just before the horn Garbrandt landed a huge right hand that put Dillashaw on the canvas. Garbrandt moved in and nearly got the finish, but Dillashaw was saved by the bell and wobbled back to his stool.

Dillashaw just missed a kick early in the second, and Garbrandt danced around him. Dillashaw tried a Superman punch after a low kick, but it was off the mark. Ninety seconds into the round, though, Dillashaw landed a head kick that planted Garbrandt on the canvas. He popped back up, but Dillashaw landed a punch. Garbrandt recovered and the two went back to work in the middle.

But it didn’t take long for Dillashaw to turn things in his favor the rest of the way. In an exchange in close, Dillashaw landed a big right hook that put Garbrandt on the canvas. Dillashaw was on top of him in a hurry and pounced away until referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to shut it down.

Dillashaw won for the third straight time and seventh time in eight fights. Garbrandt lost for the first time in his professional career.

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Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC 217 results: T.J. Dillashaw finishes rival Cody Garbrandt to reclaim 135-pound title

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The bad blood between Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw finally got a chance to boil over Saturday night, and an ex-champ got his title back.

Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) stunned Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) with a head kick, then moments later planted him again with a right hand before finishing him with a series of punches on the ground. The end came at the 2:41 mark of the second round – and came after Dillashaw was saved by the bell in the first round when Garbrandt nearly had him finished.

The bantamweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

Dillashaw and Garbrandt had become heated rivals in the lead-up to the highly anticipated title fight. They were teammates at the famed Team Alpha Male camp in Sacramento, Calif., before Dillashaw left the camp with former coach Duane Ludwig.

The two coached opposite each other earlier this year on “The Ultimate Fighter,” where their bad blood frequently was on display. But Dillashaw had the last word – for now – on Saturday.

Garbrandt went to the center and Dillashaw switched stances, like normal. Garbrandt threw a right kick. Dillashaw answered with a knee to the body, then tried a spinning kick. Dillashaw worked an inside leg kick, then danced away from a Garbrandt right. Garbrandt threw a hard right kick that was off the mark.

Midway through the round, Garbrandt put together a combination that nearly took Dillashaw off his feet. Dillashaw tried to get inside, but was met with a left hook. Garbrandt got a right jab to land late in the round, but just before the horn Garbrandt landed a huge right hand that put Dillashaw on the canvas. Garbrandt moved in and nearly got the finish, but Dillashaw was saved by the bell and wobbled back to his stool.

Dillashaw just missed a kick early in the second, and Garbrandt danced around him. Dillashaw tried a Superman punch after a low kick, but it was off the mark. Ninety seconds into the round, though, Dillashaw landed a head kick that planted Garbrandt on the canvas. He popped back up, but Dillashaw landed a punch. Garbrandt recovered and the two went back to work in the middle.

But it didn’t take long for Dillashaw to turn things in his favor the rest of the way. In an exchange in close, Dillashaw landed a big right hook that put Garbrandt on the canvas. Dillashaw was on top of him in a hurry and pounced away until referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to shut it down.

Dillashaw won for the third straight time and seventh time in eight fights. Garbrandt lost for the first time in his professional career.

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Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC 217 results: Rose Namajunas KOs Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win title in huge upset

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There’s a new strawweight queen of the heap, and she was the biggest underdog on Saturday’s card.

Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) shut down Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the first round with a knockout stemming from a massive left hook. Jedrzejczyk closed as a favorite of more than 8-1. The fight was called a knockout, but the champion tapped due to the onslaught of punches Namajunas was raining down on her at the 3:03 mark of the first round.

The loss was the first of Jedrzejczyk’s professional career. The buildup to the fight featured much bad blood between the two, including Jedrzejczyk taking aim at Namajunas’ mental state. But in the end, Namajunas walked right through all of it.

The women’s strawweight title bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

Namajunas pumped out a combo early, then a leg kick. Jedrzejczyk threw a right, but a minute in she ate a counter right hand from Namajunas. Ninety seconds in, Jedrzejczyk landed a combo, then just missed a high kick.

Then two minutes in, Namajunas tagged Jedrzejczyk and dropped her to the canas with a big right hand. She followed her to the canvas and nearly took her back. But she let the champion back to her feet, and there Jedrzejczyk landed a punch to start the recovery.

Seconds later, though, Namajunas drilled Jedrzejczyk again with a left. She hit the canvas. Namajunas was all over her and dropped bombs over and over. Jedrzejczyk turtled up and referee John McCarthy shut things down – but it wasn’t because he stopped the fight. It was because Jedrzejczyk tapped from the strikes.

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Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC 217 results: Stephen Thompson outworks, outstrikes game Jorge Masvidal

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Stephen Thompson had his first chance since a pair of fights for the welterweight title to prove he’s worthy of another crack.

But with a mostly dominant unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC), Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) had to admit the performance wasn’t his best – but that he’ll keep striving to get another shot at champ Tyron Woodley. “Wonderboy” won with a pair of 30-27 scores and a 30-26.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

Thompson took the center and pushed Masvidal to the outside. Thompson kicked high 50 seconds in, but had it blocked. Thompson continued to work hard-to-track kicks from his karate stance. Midway through, Thompson got inside for a pair of punches. Thompson landed to the body, but Masvidal landed one of his own not long after. With 90 seconds left, Thompson landed a side kick that planted Masvidal on his butt. He jumped up and instantly was more aggressive. A straight left was on the money for Hendricks with 25 seconds left.

Thompson landed a high kick 30 seconds into the second round, but Masvidal mixed things up and staggered Thompson with a combo. About 100 seconds in, Masvidal got planted by a Thompson punch, but didn’t want to wait on the ground. Thompson was content letting Masvidal try to chase him down and constantly circled side to side. With less than a minute left, Masvidal clipped Thompson, but he wasn’t in enough trouble for things to be urgent.

A minute into the third, Thompson landed a 1-2 combination. Ninety seconds in, Thompson threw a solid spinning kick that was just off the mark. Masvidal tried to fight with urgency, but Thompson wasn’t often there to get hit. At the end of the fight, Thompson caught a Masvidal kick and took him to the canvas, then helped Masvidal up with a smile.

Thompson got back in the win column after a majority draw with Woodley and majority decision loss to him in back-to-back title fights. Masvidal lost for the second straight time.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC 217 results: Paulo Costa continues to shine, stops Johny Hendricks in second

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Paulo Costa got a name change earlier this week, but it certainly didn’t affect his performance.

Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) stayed perfect and took out former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (18-8 MMA, 13-8 UFC) with a second-round TKO. He had to go farther into a fight than ever before, but got the finish 83 seconds into the middle frame.

The middleweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Costa tried a low kick early, then went to the body with a hard left kick. Costa went right back to the midsection seconds later. The Brazilian tried a high kick after that. Ninety seconds in, Costa got inside for a pair of rights. a left-right was good, and Hendricks moved in for a takedown. But he was met with a knee and Costa stayed on his feet. Costa tried a spinning kick, but it was just off the mark.

Costa continued to get inside, and Hendricks was forced to try to counter – but most fell short. With less than two minutes in the round, Hendricks got a combination off, but it wasn’t much. Costa kept delivering, and Hendricks landed – only to have Costa tell him to come forward. When Hendricks landed two straight lefts with 30 seconds left, Costa laughed at him and again told him to come forward.

Hendricks landed a left and a kick early, then had a short wait after an eye poke. But Hendricks wanted to restart quickly and not give Costa a chance to rest. Costa put together some major punches and kicks after that, though, and was relentless in coming forward. Hendricks tried to fire back, but it just wasn’t there. Costa landed a head kick, then punches right after it. But Costa was too much.

Costa stayed perfect in his pro career and moved to 3-0 in the UFC. Hendricks lost for the second straight time and has dropped two of three since moving to middleweight. Overall, he has lost five of six and seven of his past 10.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Paige VanZant claims next fight vs. 'TUF 26' winner (for title?); UFC says nope

Why wait to find out the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 26”?

That’s what soon-to-be flyweight Paige VanZant apparently thought. As UFC 217 rolled on, she hopped on Twitter to declare her next opponent would be the winner of the reality show.

My next fight is against the winner of the 125 division Ultimate Fighter. Don’t blink.

— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) November 5, 2017

My next fight is against the winner of the 125 division Ultimate Fighter. Don’t blink.

Is this a new thing? If you’re fighting on “TUF,” is your graduate opponent set long before you win the tournament?

More pressing, is VanZant getting an immediate title shot? That’s what she’s implying, because the 26th season of the reality show will crown the inaugural women’s champ at 125 pounds.

As it turns out, the answer is no. MMAjunkie reached out to UFC officials, who said of VanZant’s claim that it’s “not currently in works.”

VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) does need an opponent, of course. Her last fight, a  scheduled flyweight bout against Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) at UFC 216, was pulled when she suffered a back injury.

Now back in the gym, “12 Gauge” is getting ready for her return. She just might have jumped the gun this time.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 217 results: James Vick keeps rolling, TKOs Joseph Duffy with 1 tick left in second

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James Vick kept on rolling Saturday night and wants the kind of name that will make him a contender in the lightweight division.

Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) stopped Joseph Duffy (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a TKO with one second left in the second round after planting him with a big right uppercut.

The lightweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

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Duffy went to the center early and Vick circled outside. Vick landed a solid kick to the midsection 45 seconds in, but briefly took a seat when Duffy nearly caught it. Vick pushed his jab out a minute in, then countered a Duffy leg kick with one of his own. Vick faked a knee, then threw a right hand that whiffed. A right hand landed for Vick, and an uppercut came right behind it.

But Duffy landed a nice left over the top. Duffy caught a Vick kick and tripped him down, and a Duffy right hand found a home not long after that. With 90 seconds left, Duffy got inside and clinched up wtih Vick, but the two broke off not long after that. With 50 seconds left, Duffy took Vick down, then had to fend off a guillotine attempt.

Duffy worked body kicks in the second and had to stay as far at the end of Vick’s jab as he could. But Vick did well at finding his range, and while he didn’t land anything major for most of the round, he saved his best for the final 10 seconds of the round.

Vick landed a right uppercut that put Duffy on the canvas. Vick dove to the mat to go after him and landed 10 big hammerfists until the referee jumped in to call the fight – a fraction of a second before the horn sounded to end the round.

After the fight, Vick told announcer Joe Rogan he wants to headline the UFC’s “Fight Night” card in Austin, Texas, in February.

Vick won for the third straight time, all by stoppage. Duffy had a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 217 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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