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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.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

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

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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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UFC 217 results: Mark Godbeer takes kick to the face – and DQ win over Walt Harris

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The prelims at UFC 217 continued to have bizarre moments, maybe none more so than Mark Godbeer’s disqualification win over Walt Harris.

Godbeer (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) beat Harris (10-7 MMA, 3-6 UFC) after Harris landed a low knee, then a kick to the face after the referee called for time several times. The fight was stopped at the 4:29 mark of the first when the cageside doctor said Godbeer couldn’t continue due to the illegal kick.

The heavyweight bout was part of 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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Harris came out looking like he wanted to go home in a hurry. He landed some solid kicks early, and when the fight went to the canvas he jumped to mount with perfection. Godbeer was able to quickly recover to full guard, but had to deal with Harris on top looking for ground-and-pound.

After the two got back to their feet, they clinched up. And there, Harris landed a low knee to Godbeer’s groin. When referee Blake Grice called time, Harris continued to go – and threw a big head kick that landed.

Godbeer struggled to stay on his feet, and ultimately went to his knees. When the doctor came in to check on him, it was determined he couldn’t continue and the fight was called. Replays showed even though Grice didn’t get physically between the two after the groin strike, he yelled “Time!” several times before Harris threw the kick, and Grice’s hands were on Harris, as well.

Godbeer picked up the win by disqualification with 31 seconds left in the first round. He won for the second straight time and fifth time in six fights. Harris suffered his second straight loss.

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: Ovince Saint Preux KOs Corey Anderson with head kick, calls out Ilir Latifi

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Ovince Saint Preux had trouble with Corey Anderson through the first two and half rounds, perhaps owed to the fact he took the fight on less than two weeks’ notice.

But in the third, when it looked like he could be on his way to a momentum-halting decision loss, Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC) planted Anderson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a wicked head-kick knockout. The end came at the 1:25 mark of the final round.

The light heavyweight bout was part of 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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Anderson kicked low early, then got pushed back from a Saint Preux kick up the middle. Saint Preux came back on top of it with a left hand, and another left was on the money right after that. Anderson landed a solid right hand, though, and 45 seconds in landed a perfect double-leg takedown. When Saint Preux got up, Anderson scooped him up and slammed him again. Anderson put Saint Preux in trouble against the fence. Saint Preux worked back to his feet, but Anderson kept wrestling him.

Under the two-minute mark, when it looked like Saint Preux might work his way out, Anderson hit him with a pair of strikes and went back to the wrestling, even though he couldn’t get Saint Preux back down. They went back to the middle with 45 seconds left, where Saint Preux ultimately landed a big knee that forced Anderson to tie him up. Saint Preux landed a flurry of punches late in the round – and knocked Anderson down right before the horn.

Quickly into the second round, Saint Preux drilled Anderson with a head kick and knocked his mouth piece out. While Saint Preux was stalking him down looking to further the damage, Anderson told referee Dan Miragliotta his mouthpiece was out – and Miragliotta stopped the action to allow Anderson to put his mouthpiece back in, halting Saint Preux’s momentum. Anderson was able to recover and went back to his wrestling. Midway through the round, he scooped Saint Preux up for a takedown. He continued to put pressure on Saint Preux with punches and elbows once he got him to the canvas.

Anderson tried to get Saint Preux down in the third, but couldn’t find it in the first minute. Instead, he threw hands and touched Saint Preux up a few times. But out of absolute nowhere, Saint Preux threw a left kick and it was on the money. He planted Anderson on the canvas, and Saint Preux needed no follow-ups. Anderson was stiff on the canvas.

After the fight, Saint Preux told analyst Joe Rogan he wants to be on the UFC 219 card on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas against Ilir Latifi.

Saint Preux won for the third straight time. Anderson lost for the second straight time and third time in four fights.

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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Confused by the Curtis Blaydes-Aleksei Oleinik finish at UFC 217? Here's an explanation

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If you’re looking for bizarre violence that leaves everyone confused, it’s tough to beat a heavyweight prelim. Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik made sure to remind us of that fact in just the second fight of UFC 217 on Saturday, and now that it’s over it’s still tough to know exactly what happened.

Here’s what we do know: Late in the opening round of the UFC Fight Pass prelim bout, Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) put it on Oleinik (55-11-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC). It was fierce. Blaydes knocked him down once, then essentially let him fall down under his own power shortly thereafter, and the net result was to send a bloodied and dazed Oleinik staggering back to his corner when the round ended.

What a freaking end to the round!! @RazorBlaydes265 lands over and over on Oleinik but he stays standing! #UFC217 pic.twitter.com/Q73n6RcT1m

— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2017

But early in the second, that’s when things got weird. As Oleinik was scrambling to get up off the mat, Blaydes went to soccer kick him in the head for some reason. It was dumb and blatantly illegal, but fortunately for Blaydes the kick missed.

Which is to say it mostly missed.

Replay confirmed that Blaydes made the slightest contact as his foot passed by Oleinik’s ear, resulting in basically a delicate flick of the ear from Blaydes’ toe.

Still, the attempt at an illegal blow was enough for referee Blake Grice to call in the doctor, who, in fairness, did have plenty to look at thanks to the earlier work Blaydes had done on Oleinik’s face. In the ensuing discussion, Oleinik did not seem terribly enthusiastic about continuing, and so the bout was waved off.

But wait, who wins? The pause in the action came as a result of a foul – and technically speaking, the intentional illegal kick did connect with Oleinik’s head – but you’d be hard-pressed to convince anyone that it had any effect.

After reviewing the replay and discussing it with UFC VP Marc Ratner and longtime referee Dan Miragliotta, Grice got back in the cage to declare it a TKO win for Blaydes, who summed up the confusion with this post-fight victory pose.

Curtis Blaydes with the post-fight celebration that says it all, and what it says is: 'Whatever, bro.' pic.twitter.com/Hu5wc6P1Wv

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) November 4, 2017

“A W is a W,” Blaydes said after the fight. “I still get my money. I still get to move up in the rankings.”

And thus, a strange ending to what had been an exciting heavyweight tilt. Somehow it managed to feel like the right result, even if it seemed like it might have taken some logically suspicious guesswork to get there.

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

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UFC 217 results: Randy Brown tops Mickey Gall in back-and-forth-and-back-again fight

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In a fight that was back and forth and back again, Randy Brown picked up a unanimous decision over Mickey Gall in a bloody ground fight.

Brown (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) beat Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 29-27. Brown easily won the first and third rounds, but had to survive an equally dominant second round from Gall to get the decision.

The welterweight bout was part of 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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The two looked for openings early, and 20 seconds in Brown chased Gall down and landed several punches and backed Gall to the fence. Gall regained his compusure and came back with a right hand that landed. A minute in, the two clinched up and traded position along the fence. Brown landed a solid pair of knees to the body, then was able to get a pair to the head. Surprisingly, Brown took Gall down and got to side control immediately.

Gall recovered to guard, but Brown got back to his feet and postured up for ground-and-pound. Gall worked for submissions from his back and Brown’s corner encouraged him to get back to his feet. But he stayed down and worked ground-and-pound. With 20 seconds left, Brown cut Gall with a big elbow to the forehead to cap off a dominant first frame.

Brown came out swinging early in the second and once again brought the fight to the canvas. But seconds later, Gall reversed position and got on top. Borwn tried to fight his way out, but Gall stayed on top and got to side control with three minutes left in the round. Gall started landing elbows of his own and smothered Brown, who appeared worn down. Gall continued to try to get to full mount. With a 45 seconds left, Gall threatened with a guillotine choke, and with 25 seconds left popped to full mount briefly. Brown got to the third, but it was a massive turning of the tide.

In the third, Brown landed an uppercut that took Gall off his feet. On the canvas, Brown got on top in Gall’s guard. The earlier cut on Gall’s head was busted open and bleeding everywhere. Gall tried to get back out, but couldn’t sweep back to his feet. With two minutes left, he nearly got out, but Brown remained on top. With 80 seconds left, Gall got an arm-in guillotine choke after one of many fence grabs in the fight, but Brown popped his head out. With 10 seconds left, Brown stood up and cockily told Gall to get back to his feet. But there clearly wasn’t enough time for him to get anything done.

Brown got back in the win column after a loss in February and has won three of his past four. Gall suffered the first loss of his pro career.

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: After bizarre ending, Curtis Blaydes gets TKO win over Aleksei Oleinik

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After a slugfest over the first round and a half, Curtis Blaydes got a TKO win over Aleksei Oleinik with a doctor’s stoppage – and some confusion and controversy.

Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) stopped Oleinik (55-11-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at the 1:56 mark of the second round after throwing an illegal kick that just grazed Oleinik’s ear. The fight was stopped because of the kick, but also so a doctor could assess previous damage to Oleinik’s face. And when Oleinik said he couldn’t continue, the fight was stopped.

The confusion came when it looked like the fight might be stopped for a disqualification for the kick, which was illegal by the letter of the law, but clearly didn’t cause any new damage.

The heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

Oleinik tried a leg kick early, but Blaydes shot in for a takedown just 15 seconds into the fight. Oleinik tried a choke, but Blaydes went back to his feet quickly. The two tried to find openings for their hands. Two minutes in, Oleinik landed a nice uppercut, but missed a spinning back fist after that and got taken down. He went after an armbar, though, and again forced Blaydes to bail out back to his feet midway through the round. They weren’t standing for long, though, when Blaydes took Oleinik back down.

He got to side control, but didn’t land much before going back to his feet. He landed several uppercuts, but Oleinik landed after that and with 75 seconds left the two clinched up and traded uppercuts back and forth. With 50 seconds left, Blaydes drilled Oleinik and knocked him down. Oleinik recovered, and in the final 20 seconds he took a beating from Blaydes – but survived to see the second. He stumbled back to his corner with blood dripping down his chest.

Oleinik came out swinging in the second, but naturally Blaydes did, as well. A minute in, Blaydes dove in and took Oleinik down. Oleinik was bleeding from his forehead. And when Blaydes decided to get back up, he threw a kick that grazed Oleinik’s ear. The kick itself was illegal since Oleinik was grounded. But it just grazed the ear. By the letter of the law, it was an illegal kick.

The referee used the opportunity to have a doctor come in and look at Oleinik, whose face was covered in blood. And when Oleinik apparently said he was hurt from the kick, the fight was stopped by the doctor.

The question then became whether or not Oleinik couldn’t continue because of the illegal kick – or previous damage. Ultimately, Blaydes was given the TKO win with a doctor’s stoppage.

Blaydes won for the third straight time. Oleinik 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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Watch Ricardo Ramos' insane spinning elbow KO at UFC 217

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NEW YORK – UFC 217 opened with a bang courtesy of a perfect spinning elbow from Ricardo Ramos.

Ramos (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) scored just the second spinning back elbow knockout in UFC history when he floored Aiemann Zahabi (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with the vicious blow in the third round of their bantamweight bout.

After a back-and-forth two rounds, Ramos landed the incredible strike to take away Zahabi’s undefeated record in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Relive the finish that’s sure to exist on UFC highlight reels for years to come (via Twitter):

OHHHHH!!!!@RicardoRamosMMA lands the spinning back elbow on the 2nd try and puts Zahabi OUT!! WOW!! #UFC217 pic.twitter.com/AhxEz4Fhon

— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2017

Ramos joined Dong Hyun Kim as the only fighters in UFC history to finish a bout with the technique. Kim stopped John Hathaway at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale in March 2014.

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 results: Ricardo Ramos lands sickening spinning back elbow to KO Aiemann Zahabi

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In a close fight, Ricardo Ramos fell back on a technique he tried earlier – and got it to land for an emphatic knockout win that will be on highlight reels for a long time to come.

Ramos (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) brutally knocked out Aiemann Zahabi (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with a spinning back elbow at the 1:58 mark of the third round. The thunderous finish knocked Zahabi from the ranks of the unbeaten and came as Zahabi was unleashing combinations on Ramos against the fence.

The bantamweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results

OHHHHH!!!!@RicardoRamosMMA lands the spinning back elbow on the 2nd try and puts Zahabi OUT!! WOW!! #UFC217 pic.twitter.com/AhxEz4Fhon

— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2017

Zahabi tried to get an early started and pushed Ramos back with a combo. He ducked a high kick, then again pushed Ramos back and clinched up. But Ramos was able to get on top on the canvas after a takedown. But Zahabi scrambled out, avoided a leglock, and got back to his feet. But on the feet, Ramos drilled Zahabi twice in his lead left leg and started to cause him problems. Zahabi landed an uppercut midway through, then landed another when Ramo moved in. With two minutes left, Ramos, landed a takedown, but Zahabi was quickly back to his feet. There, Zahabi landed a combination and a right hand may have hurt Ramos. Zahabi tied him up on the fence. Late in the frame, Ramos tripped Zahabi to the canvas and closed strong on top.

Ramos tried some uppercuts early in the second, and a high left kick was just off the mark. A minute in, he went back to a kick to the lead leg, then just missed a spinning back elbow. Zahabi landed a right, and 30 seconds later he landed a solid right, and another right after it. A left jab was on the mark, and midway through he caught a Ramos kick and briefly took him to the canvas. Zahabi’s right uppercut found a home again right after. With a minute left, Zahabi again landed an uppercut. And with 30 seconds left, a jab popped Ramos’ head back. Another one landed right before the bell.

Ramos started active in the third, pushed on by his cofner in between rounds. But 30 seconds in, Zahabi started to fire back despite a cut above his right eye. A minute in, Zahabi landed yet another right uppercut.

But as the midway point of the around approached, Zahabi started unloading on Ramos along the fence. And suddenly, Ramos threw a spinning back elbow and it was on the money. Zahabi went down in a thud and was out cold. The spinning technique he tried earlier finally found a home to give him the win.

“I train for everything, and it just so happened this time around was what solved the problem,” Ramos said through a translator.

Ramos won for the third straight time, including a win in his promotional debut in February. Zahabi suffered the first setback of his pro career after winning his UFC debut in February.

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

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

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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MMA's week out of the cage: Jon Jones emerges, McGregor's movie premiere and more Halloween fun

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Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Coach Duane Ludwig says he's cool with Team Alpha Male – except Urijah Faber

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One of MMA’s biggest rivalries – one that includes fighters and coaches – comes to a head tonight at UFC 217, but it’s unlikely to end there.

In the pay-per-view co-headliner at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) takes on former titleholder, past training partner and current rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

The bout features the two of the best 135-pounders – Garbrandt is No. 1 and Dillashaw is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings – but fans aren’t tuning in just for the competitive nature of the bout. After a week of trash-talk, accusations and social-media bickering, Garbrandt and Dillashaw fight for ultimate bragging rights.

One man who will have a front-row seat to the grudge match is former UFC fighter Duane Ludwig, the ex-head coach of Garbrandt’s home at Team Alpha Male. “Bang,” though, had a high-profile split with the camp and its founder, Urijah Faber, and the coach took former Team Alpha Male fighter Dillashaw with him.

RelatedCody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw burying hatchet after UFC 217? We asked Urijah Faber

It was an ugly divorce – one that played out very publicly. But Ludwig maintains he doesn’t have a problem with Team Alpha Male, and he said current coach Justin Buchholz is a “great” one. He’s still fond of those guys – with one notable exception.

“I love all those guys (at Team Alpha Male),” Ludwig told MMAjunkie Rado. “Let me say that – if you guys quote me on this, I love Team Alpha guys. It sucks that there’s drama.

“I had drama between Faber and I, and it’s carried over into the team now. But between the team and I, I love those (expletive) guys. I really do. We had a lot of great memories together, and it sucks to kind of be in this position. The drama is between Faber and I, and it’s spilled over into the team. But again, man, I love those guys.”

Ludwig said he didn’t work much with Garbrandt during his time at Team Alpha Male, though he does remember plenty of sparring sessions with the two, and he said he thinks Dillashaw had the upper hand.

RelatedUFC 217 pre-event facts: All 6 title-fight competitors sport astoundingly deep resumes

As for tonight? A lot has changed in the past couple years, and both vets have likely evolved into new fighters. Still, Ludwig said, he’s confident with his game-planning.

“I feel like Cody is a pretty easy puzzle to solve,” he said. “But, you know, you can’t take anything for granted in this sport.”

At the sports books, Garbrandt is a nearly 2-1 favorite, but when bad blood is involved, you never quite know what to expect. And while Ludwig has mixed feelings about seeing two former students fight each other, there’s a silver lining.

“The fact they’re getting paid to spar on Saturday night – I mean, they used to spar all of the time for free,” Ludwig said. “Now, they’re going to get paid for it, and that’s an easier way to look at the situation.”

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

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New Bellator women's flyweight champ Ilima Macfarlane in no rush to return

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – If you’re expecting new Bellator women’s flyweight champion Ilima Macfarlane to be back in there right away, think twice.

After her fifth-round submission win over Emily Ducote (6-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) on Friday in the Bellator 186 co-main event, Macfarlane (7-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) is more than happy to take some time off, she said.

“People are asking me, ‘Oh, are ou going to fight on the L.A. card at The Forum?’ Macfarlane said after the fight. “I’m like, ‘No way!’ I’m going to relish in this for as long as I can. I’m going to hang out as the champion – I don’t have any need to fight immediately and defend the belt. I’m good. I can fight in six months.”

Bellator 186 took place Friday at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Macfarlane came into her post-event meeting with the media with a hitch in her giddy-up, which she said was courtesy of Ducote’s consistent kicks to hea lead leg. That’s even more reason for her to take a break, she said.

For more from Macfarlane, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC 217's James Vick OK with some nerves but thinks some peers are 'straight-up scared'

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If you’re dealing with a particularly acute case of pre-fight jitters, it’s probably best not to count on James Vick for emotional support.

This Saturday, at UFC 217, Vick (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) meets fellow lightweight Joseph Duffy (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC). It will be Vick’s ninth octagon outing and, the way he sees it, yet another chance to “live his dream.” Going out there and performing in front of an audience, Vick says, is what he trains for every day.

So, when he gets the impression that some of his colleagues would “back out in the last minute” if possible, Vick has a bit of a tough time conjuring up sympathy.

“It sounds funny, but it’s crazy how many fighters aren’t real fighters,” Vick told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of his FS1-televised preliminary card scrap. “I’ve seen it in the back warming up with some of these guys. They look like they’re (expletive) scared to death, like someone almost has to put a gun to their head to get them to walk to the cage.

“To me, that’s a sign of mental weakness. You shouldn’t be that scared or that nervous. That’s a joke to me.”

Now, Vick is not saying he’s never nervous.

“But some of these guys are just straight-up scared,” Vick said.

As an example, Vick presented his own case. When Beneil Dariush knocked him out in the first round of their UFC 199 appointment, putting an end to Vick’s five-fight UFC streak and overall undefeated record, it was “the most humiliating day” of his life.

Still, Vick came back. And faced with the menacing Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 104, he made the most of it – walking away with a third-round submission win and snapping Trujillo’s three-fight streak. He even ate some hard shots in the process.

The conclusion?

“Some fighters can handle (expletive),” Vick said. “Some people can’t. That’s just my opinion.”

Keeping a cool head will certainly be a valuable asset on Saturday. After all, not only can a win over Duffy finally earn him some rankings love, but this will also mean his first time fighting at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

Again, Vick is not expecting the emotions to be absent as he makes his walkout then. But, once the idea does sink in, he believes they’ll mostly be positive ones.

“I guess when I get there, and I see everything, it’s probably going to hit me,” Vick said. “And I’m going to be like a little kid in a candy store. Just excited, you know.”

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

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Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw burying hatchet after UFC 217? We asked Urijah Faber

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UFC 217 features three title fights, and in the buildup to tonight’s event, it’s not exactly been a banner week for sportsmanship.

Among those bad-blood championship bouts is a pay-per-view co-headliner between bantamweight titleholder Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and former teammate/current rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

We’ve had steroid accusations, leaked training footage, and a few heated face-offs.

RelatedCody Garbrandt posts video alleging KO of T.J. Dillashaw, who responds

But when all is said and done between the former Team Alpha Male stablemates tonight at Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, will the beef be squashed? Will the fighters – and their camps – bury the hatchet?

“Nah,” Team Alpha Male founder and retired UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s just a really awkward situation. It really is awkward. I don’t know. Maybe.”

Dillashaw, the former bantamweight champ, famously left Team Alpha Male and reunited with the camp’s former head trainer, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, in 2015. It prompted UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to famously call Dillashaw a “snake in the grass” – an insult Garbrandt quickly adopted.

Faber, though, knows this isn’t a typical dust-up – the kind fighters sometimes use to promote single bouts against a single opponent. Yearlong feuds aren’t so easily dismissed and forgotten, especially when it was seemingly reignited each week with airings of “The Ultimate Fighter 25,” on which Garbrandt and Dillashaw served as opposing head coaches.

RelatedUFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber remains comfortably retired, 'no temptation' to fight just because

Still, Faber is ready to turn the page.

“Just moving on is good for me,” he said. “I’ve always just tried to move on in general.

“I honestly haven’t watched ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and I haven’t watched any of the buildup to this fight. I haven’t really paid much attention because I just don’t like that awkward feeling, to be honest. It is what it is. We’ll see how things play out.

“But at the moment, this is a war.”

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

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Triple H addresses possibility of Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor joining WWE

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We’ve been wondering for a long time now if Ronda Rousey will make the jump from UFC to WWE. With regard to Conor McGregor, it’s come up more recently.

Whether you like it or not, the idea of both MMA superstars entering the world of pro wrestling is exciting – and if not exciting, it’s at least intriguing. You know you want to watch.

More importantly, WWE executive Paul Levesque – better known by his pro wrestling name Triple H – knows you want to watch. And during an appearance Friday on “Good Morning Britain” in the U.K., Levesque was asked about the idea of bringing both McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) aboard.

Here’s what he had to say about McGregor:

“Conor McGregor has said a lot of stuff about WWE in the past,” Levesque said. “I don’t have a problem with him, because he said I was the don, which is great. He said a lot of stuff about our talent in the past. (If) Conor McGregor comes in, it’s not going to be an easy go.”

Legendary pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross definitely fueled the fire of a McGregor move to WWE last month, when he guaranteed it would happen. With Wrestlemania season starting to gear up, the rumor mill continues to turn about an appearance at WWE’s biggest event of the year next April. There’s also the fact that we just don’t know for sure what’s next for McGregor following his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, though a defense of his UFC lightweight title is expected.

As for Rousey, here’s what Levesque had to say:

“She is very interested in our business, always has been,” he said. “Huge fan, that’s where the ‘Rowdy’ Ronda came from. I think she’s interested in the opportunity, and I’m interested in offering the opportunity, so we have some talking to do.”

Rousey, of course, has remained mum on her future ever since losing to Amanda Nunes last December, leading us all to the conclusion that she’s unofficially retired from MMA. Rousey already made one appearance inside a WWE ring at Wrestlemania 31 in 2015 and this summer supported Shayna Baszler during the WWE’s first all-female tournament. Rousey even took part in a storyline that involved MMA’s Four Horsewomen and WWE’s Four Horsewomen.

So, really, when you think about, it’s actually Rousey who seems more like a guarantee to wrestle in a WWE match than McGregor. But with pro wrestling, you just never know.

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

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Champs Michael Bisping and Joanna Jedrzejczyk are trolling opponents on UFC 217 fight day

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How do you kill time before one of the year’s biggest UFC events? For two UFC champs, you take last-minute shots at your opponents.

Headliner and middleweight champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), who fights Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in tonight’s UFC 217 pay-per-view headliner, and strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who meets Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the first of three title fights tonight, got in some fight-day digs at their opponents.

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UFC 217, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York, has seen plenty of trash-talking and posturing throughout fight week. And it’s continued today.

There was Bisping’s “It” inspired knock at St-Pierre (via Instagram), which originally came from the UFC’s Twitter account:

Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, said she’s ready to “cut” some “roses,” surely a knock at opponent Rose Namajunas (via Twitter):

Joanna Jedrzejczyk just posted this on her Instagram story. #UFC217 pic.twitter.com/PuGjvKpIRT

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 4, 2017

The Bisping vs. St-Pierre headliner is essentially a pick’em at the sports books. However, Jedrzejczyk, who looks to tie Ronda Rousey’s UFC women’s record sixth straight title defense is a hefty 6-1 favorite.

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

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

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