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The Latest: Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

November 5, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.

Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.

Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk's bid at matching Ronda Rousey's women's record with six straight title defenses.

Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.

"Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I'm the champion," she said.

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11:10 p.m.

Paulo Costa improved to 11-0 with a second-round stoppage over Johny Hendricks in the first bout of a pay-per-view card at UFC 217.

Costa teed off on Hendricks in the second round before the referee stepped in for the TKO win on Saturday night. Hendricks, a former UFC welterweight champion, continues to fall on hard times and lost for the fifth time in six fights. Costa pulled off the biggest victory of his career. He took a celebratory bow to the crowd as Hendricks (18-8) argued with the ref about the decision and trudged out of the cage.

Costa called out Derek Brunson for his next fight. Brunson tweeted that Costa was "100% on the juice. Not impressed at all. Slow and gassy. Get some more fights first. Not interested."

Steven "Wonderboy" Thompson (14-2-1) put away Jorge Masvidal (32-13) by unanimous decision for a much-needed win in his second fight at Madison Square Garden. Thompson got a needed rebound win in the 170-pound bout after fighting Tyron Woodley to a draw and decision loss in his last two contest.

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10 p.m.

UFC 217 entertained with punishing prelims at MSG.

Ovince Saint Preux caught Corey Anderson flush with a left kick to the head and won by a knockout in the third round. Anderson was down for several minutes from the highlight reel blow and the right side of his face was bloodied. Saint Preux said he wanted to fight at UFC 219 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.

Randy Brown absolutely bloodied Mickey Gall in a unanimous decision victory over the formerly undefeated New Jersey native. The MSG crowd was soundly behind Gall, who staked his claim to fame with a win over former WWE star CM Punk, in an entertaining bout.

Walt Harris was disqualified in the first round of his heavyweight bout against Mark Godbeer. Harris was DQ'd after he followed a low blow with a kick to the face to a stumbling Godbeer. The fight doctor ruled Godbeer was unable to continue and Harris was hit with the disqualification.

James Vick unloaded on a series of big shots and finished off Joe Duffy with a KO at the horn.

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7:45 p.m.

UFC is back at MSG.

The top MMA promotion returned to Madison Square Garden for the second time in history with a loaded UFC 217 card on Saturday night. UFC has three title fights on the pay-per-view card headlined by the return of one of the sport's greats, Georges St. Pierre, after a four-year sabbatical.

St. Pierre (25-2) challenges champion Michael Bisping (30-7) for the 185-pound championship. Cody Garbrandt (11-0) puts the 135-pound title on the line against T.J. Dillashaw (14-3). And Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) defends the 115-pound belt against Rose Namajunas (16-3). With a win, Jedrzejczyk would match Ronda Rousey among UFC's women with a record sixth successful title defense.

Jedrzejczyk won her bout at UFC's debut at MSG in November 2017. That card drew a $17 million gate and was the richest of all time for a sports event at the famed arena. UFC President Dana White says UFC 217 is on pace to become the third-highest grossing sporting event in MSG history.

 
 
 

 

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