Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 217 goes down in New York. The card features three title fights, with the headliner seeing UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping defending his title against the returning welterweight legend, Georges St-Pierre.
This post will cover the pay-per-view main card up to the headliner. That’s four fights, including the 115 and 135-pound title fights. The PPV kicks off at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week's MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each matchup.
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw [BW title]
Round 1 - Garbrandt has a body kick blocked. They trade rights. Cody landsa right as Dillashaw darts in with a kick. Same thing happens again after a few misses by both men. A lot of feinting. Garbrandt lands a big left and a combo as Dillashaw throws a kick. Head kick too! They exhange in the pocket! Garbrandt wades in with a combo. Nice left hook. Dillashaw missing with most of his kicks. Dilly avoids two jabs. Good head movement. Dillashaw with a left, Cody goes to the body. Dillashaw lands a right and a glancing back fist. Garbrandt dropped him right at the horn! Dilly is up but he’s shaky, and Garbrandt just flipped him off! 10-9 Garbrandt.
Round 2 - Garbrandt ducks a head kick and mocks Dillashaw. Dillashaw with an inside leg kick. Garbrandt sluffed off a shot attempt. Dillashaw drops Garbrandt with a head kick! He land a right as Garbrandt gets back up. Garbrandt with a left. After some inactivity, Dillashaw drops Garbrandt again with a monstrous right hook! He pounded him out! ANOTHER NEW CHAMP!
T.J. Dillashaw defeated Cody Garbrandt by KO (strikes), 2:41 round 2
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas [SW title]
Round 1 - Super intense staredown. Jedrzejczyk taking her time off the start. Namajunas with a leg kick. Nice left from Rose. Joanna with a combo ended with a head kick. Namajunas dropped Joanna with a left! Jedrzejczyk is back up though. That was intense. They set back up. Rose lands a right this time. Joanna walked it off. Another left dropped Jedrzejczyk again! Namajunas is all over her on the ground and Joanna tapped to strikes! IT IS OVER! NEW CHAMP! WOOOOOW!
Rose Namajunas defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk by submission (strikes), 3:03 of round 1
Round 1 - Wonderboy looking to close the distance. Masvidal with oblique kicks. They trade kicks. Masvidal slips a bit retreatingback to the cage. Side kick to the body from Thompson. Masvidal with a low kick. Nice two-punch combo from Wondernoy. Hard outside leg kick from Masvidal. Another. Side kick to the body again from Thompson. Wonderboy with a beautiful right. Thompson with a counter side kick to the body that puts Masvidal on his butt. That was sweet. Thompson with a right. Masvidal with two leg kicks. Another to the inside. Hard straight left from Thompson. Masvidal with a right and a low kick. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 2 - Question mark kick from Thompson. Masvidal went for a takedown and got into range, allowing him to land two hard punches. Oblique kick. Wonderoy with a side-step right and he dropped Masvidal! He’s right back up. Hard left hook from Thompson. Nice combo from Thompson. Counter side kick to the body again. Masvidal trying to walk Thompson down, and he cracked him with a left hook. Thompson fired back with a right. Leg kick from Masvidal. Another leg kick. Left scores for Masvidal. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 3 - Masvidal with a leg kick. Thompson with a side lick. Masvidal shoots in and lands a right. Beautiful 1-2 from Wonderboy. Another combo. He tried the spin kick but Masvidal was in close and avoided it. Body kick from Masvidal, counter side kick from Thompson. Overhand right from Masvidal. Thompson fires back with a combo. Masvidal is covering up and walking Wonderboy down. Jabs from Thompson. They trade leg kicks. Body work from Thompson. Masvidal wit ha right hook. He goes body/head. Step-in left after a stance change from Wonderboy. Masvidal with a left. They trade shots in the pocket. Thompson doesn’t stay long though. They trade kicks. Thompson catches a kick and pushed Masvidal to the floor at the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 Thompson.
Stephen Thompson defeated Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Costa
Round 1 - Costa with an inside leg kick. Now a body kick. Another one. Head kick gets blocked. Johny chases him across the cage but he’s way out of range with punches. He lands an outside leg kick. Hard punch to the chest from Costa. He looks like a monster so far. Hendricks shoots but Costa lands a knee to the belly and pushed Hendricks away. Spinning attack from Costa. He lands to the body. Hendricks with a left that Costa shakes off. Body shot again fro Costa. Hard overhand right and a knee from Costa. Hendricks with two lefts and a low kick. Step-in knee from Costa. He’s walking Johny down easily. He stuffs a shot, but eats a left. Head kick from Costa. Hendricks with two lefts and a leg kick. Costa digs to the body again. Two hard lefts and a leg kick again. Hendricks is landing that combo again and again. Hard step-in knee from Costa and he lands a left. Slapping body kick. 10-9 Costa.
Round 2 - Costa starts the second with a thumb poke. Hendricks wants a restart right away. Costa lands a right and head kick. Hemdricks is hurt and circling away. Two more rights. Hendricks with a desperation shot, but he is rebuffed. Head kick from Costa. Huge right. Hendricks fires back with a combo. Another hard right and Johny goes down to one knee. John McCarthy steps in and ends it. That was rough.
Paulo Costa defeated Johny Hendricks by TKO (strikes), 1:23 of round 2
PPV main card (10pm ET)