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Georges St-Pierre proves he's still world-class fighter in UFC return

Georges St-Pierre made a triumphant return to the Octagon after a four-year absence in the main event of UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, scoring a second-round submission win over Michael Bisping to claim the UFC middleweight title.

Bisping ridiculed St-Pierre's past interest in takedowns, which have exhausted several minutes of mat-jostling appreciated only by the well-studied aficionados of MMA.

Bisping has said numerous times in the build-up that he intends on making St-Pierre regret the decision to return to competition. "It's a dream come true", said an elated St-Pierre after the fight. I get paid well to do what I do. Also, former two-time UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson returned to the cage at UFC 217 with no championship in play, and "Wonderboy" impressively reaffirmed his spot as the No. 3 welterweight, dominating previously eighth-ranked Jorge Masvidal, who falls to our bubble list in the ultra-competitive 170-pound division.

After attempting to finish the fight with elbows, GSP took Bisping's back and secured a rear-naked choke that rendered him unconscious.

"Man, I don't have a word in my mouth right now", St-Pierre said in the octagon after the fight. Saying your opponent isn't mentally ready to be a champion and constantly saying she isn't on your level will always invite criticism in the instance of the champion being dethroned, and Jedrzejczyk will sadly have to deal with all of the flak that comes with having such a combative pre-fight attitude.

"He hit me very hard". I've been a fan of this man.

"You've got to give it up to Georges, he was the better man tonight", Bisping said. "I'm not done", he insisted.

In the co-main event, TJ Dillashaw reclaimed the bantamweight championship title with a second round knockout of his former Team Alpha Male stable mate Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt claimed he only released the tape to prove Dillashaw was lying, but in truth, he overstepped the unwritten code that most fighters follow, what happens in the training room stays in the training room.

A big right hook dropped Garbrandt and a flurry of ground strikes completed the victory as referee Dan Miragliotta waved off the contest. "He's young and he's going to be back". "I don't know why you hired a really good boxing coach". But that doesn't take away from how little respect overall that Woodley - who possesses an elite combination of speed, power, wrestling and smarts - has continuously received from fans, critics, UFC and even oddsmakers, who installed Woodley as a betting underdog for eight straight fights until Maia. It produced a trio of new UFC champions, with all three title changes coming in riveting fashion and resulting in a triumvirate of new No. 1s in the official Sherdog.com rankings.

As you'd expect, the below embed contains hard-hitting footage from the octagon. Considering both are elite champions, a catchweight fight where neither title is on the line other than P4P king of the sport might be apropos.

Johnson owns the UFC's record for title defenses, but has never been a big enough draw to justify Dillashaw needing to come to him.

Every UFC middleweight is probably asking themselves the same question after Costa, formerly known as Paulo Borrachinha, walked down and destroyed former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks on Saturday.

The Pole may have mirrored some of Rousey's actions, but her character shone when she turned up to the press-fight press conference and faced the tough questions that came from the media in the immediate aftermath.



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