The night featured not one, not two, but three title changes to close out the night.
The night was capped by the incredible return of Georges St-Pierre to the Octagon. St-Pierre won the round but showed just glimpses of his old-school style.
Those glimpses would become bigger in the third round, but the second round was a close one.
St-Pierre slowed while Bisping kept up his volume. He took down The Count once again and kept him there. He took some elbows from the ground that had him donning the crimson mask, but he came back with a vengeance. St-Pierre fired a left hook that landed flush on the chin and floored Bisping.
From there, the rush was on, and he latched on to a rear-naked choke that drew the stoppage. Here are the complete results for the night along with a closer look at each of the main card bouts.
Main card Georges St-Pierre def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision Paulo Costa def. Mickey Gall via unanimous decision Curtis Blaydes def. Aiemann Zahabi def. It delivered. With the two former training partners having a high level of familiarity with one another, the fight started slow.
Neither fighter was willing to commit to much in nearly four minutes of fighting. The end of the round saw No Love floor Dillashaw in what looked like the moment the champion would take over the fight. In reality, it was the last highlight Garbrandt would have in the match.
Dillashaw started the second round with a high kick that floored the champion. Garbrandt jumped back to his feet and continued to throw with the challenger, up until a right hand put him right back on the mat to end. With both fighters representing the best in the weight class, it's likely we will see the matchup again, and fans should be happy about that.
This is my belt. You dodged me. UFC Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Going into the night as the biggest underdog of the three title challengers, Thug Rose snatched the women's strawweight crown from Joanna Champion with a first-round knockout.
The fight got off to an inauspicious start with a prolonged feeling-out period. It's certainly a good candidate. Given Jedrzejczyk's dominance of this division, the coronation of a new champion is a reset for a bevy of strong contenders, including Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Andrade.
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All of those fighters lost to Jedrzejczyk in title fights but now have new life with Namajunas as champion. The year-old just put on an impressive performance and will have plenty of opportunities to legitimize her reign as the champion.
Stephen Thompson vs.
Jorge Masvidal did just that, and it cost him. A performance like this reminds fans that he got two shots at Woodley for a reason. The problem is that his style doesn't make it a great matchup.
Both fighters are simply too risk-averse against one another. So with two fights against Woodley and the rematch being nearly unwatchable, it's hard to argue to see that pairing again.
Yet, he's one of the top welterweights in the sport.
Where he goes from here will be one of the more interesting subplots to come out of UFC Johny Hendricks vs. Johny Hendricks was on the wrong side of the year-old's onslaught to kick off the main card in New York as Costa picked up a second-round TKO win.
Costa was the aggressor from the jump, stalking down Hendricks and attacking with both hands and feet. Instead, they only served to show that Big Rigg's days of being a contender are behind him and Costa's best days are likely ahead of him.
Costa certainly made the statement he needed to make with the win. His power and striking diversity make him an interesting prospect going forward, and his record is going to be hard to ignore when the newest UFC rankings come out.