Since the Mayweather vs McGregor fight, I’ve taken a serious interest in UFC and other combat sports. It is the most action-packed and entertaining sport today and is quickly growing.
UFC 217 on November 4th was my first pay per view event for UFC, and it certainly impressed me and made me even more of a fan of combat sports. Held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, UFC 217 highlighted three championship title fights. The first title fight was the women’s strawweight division championship (106 lbs to 115lbs). Where the undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk from Poland was KO’d by underdog American Rose Namajunas 2 minutes into the first round, resulting in a new women’s strawweight champion. But the night was just getting started…
The co-main event, the bantamweight championship (135 lbs to 145 lbs) featured ex-teammates Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw. After serious drama outside the octagon, the two met for a heated exchange inside the octagon that consisted of a 2 round fight. For the first round, Garbrandt landed devasting hooks and jabs to take down Dillashaw and almost finishing him, but time expired and Dillashaw was saved by the bell. The second round Dillashaw made quick adjustments and took down Garbrandt with a head kick and right hook, taking the championship belt from the once undefeated Garbrandt. Garbrandt is now 11-1 while Dillashaw is now 15-3.
It was then time to witness the main event of the evening, the epic 4-year return of French Canadian Georges St-Pierre as he took on British fighter Michael Bisping for the middleweight title (160lbs to 168 lbs). St-Pierre came out strong in the first 2 rounds of the 3 round fight. He landed his occasional spinning backfist, superman punch, and brutal body kicks that took Bisping off guard quickly. However, in the third round, St-Pierre started to become tired and was starting to show signs of slowing down after a successful takedown against Bisping. He was cut from a landed elbow from Bisping, and his forehead was gushing blood. Maybe this gave him motivation because St-Pierre found himself again near the end of the third round and finished Bisping with a rear naked choke and the 23-2 king of the UFC was crowned once again after four years of retirement.
Even though my favorite fighter, Cody Garbrandt, lost his championship belt, it was still an entertaining pay per view event that consisted of 15 more fights before the three main championships bouts. Since Mayweather vs McGregor, people are starting to become more involved in combatant sports, and its truly the best time to be a new fan with big names and even bigger fights coming soon in the near future.