The UFC returned to Madison Square Garden (MSG) on Nov 4 with a stacked card that had three championship fights on the Main Card. This was the second event that the UFC was holding at MSG since New York approved MMA and it turned out to be another great event for the promoting with over 18,000 people in attendance and a gate of $6.2 million. UFC President Dana White said that he expected more than 1 million pay-per-view buys for this card which will make it the first million PPV event for the UFC in 2017.
GSP Becomes Middleweight Champion
George St. Pierre (GSP) was making his long awaited return to the Octagon after spending four years in retirement. The legendary fighter stepped up weight class and challenged UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for the belt. GSP looked great in the first round and there were no signs of any ring rust as he proved to be bigger and faster than Bisping.
GSP started to slow down in the second round as Bisping began to turn on the pace and start to find his timing. GSP did manage to take Bisping down on more than one occasion but Bisping managed to cause a lot of damage to GSP from the bottom and it looked like Bisping was slowly pulling away with the fight. Things changed very quickly in the third when GSP surprised Bisping with a left that took him down and after raining down a few elbows, GSP choked Bisping out as he would not tap.
GSP proved that he is indeed one of the greatest fighters to step in to the Octagon and will now have to defend his belt as per his contract against the number one contender Robert Whittaker.
TJ Dillashaw Silences Team Alpha Male
MMA fans voted and said that the fight they wanted to watch the most was seeing UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt take on former team mate TJ Dillashaw. There was a lot of bad blood between the two and they wanted to settle it in the Octagon. Garbrandt won the first round and knocked Dillashaw during the final seconds of the first round. The champion promised to end Dillashaw in the second round but things did not work out for him as Dillashaw surprised him with a head kick that left him dazed and then rained down blows which he could not defend, which led to the referee stopping the fight.
Dillashaw regained the belt he had lost and has now set his sights on going down a weightclass and challenging Demetrious Johnson for the featherweight belt.
Thug Rose Stops Joanna From Tying Rousey’s Record
Rose Namajunas stopped UFC strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk from tying Ronda Rousey’s record of the most number of successful championship defenses by knocking her out in the first round. Joanna looked completely stunned but has promised to come back and reclaim her belt.