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CHAMPIONS RETAIN THEIR BELTS AT UFC 211

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UFC 211 was originally scheduled for 14 bouts, but with an injury and some food poisoning it went down to 12. That actually proved to be a perfect number of bouts. The American Airlines Arena in Dallas Texas was the home; and it saw more crisp matches than in the Jedi Temple or on a United Airlines flight. During the event it was announced that long time match maker SEAN SHELBY  was going  into the contributors wing of the hall of fame.

GADZHIMURAD ANTIGULOV picked up his 15th submission victory and  his 17th 1st round stoppage against JOACHIM CHRISTENSEN. It came at 2:21 into the 1st round by rear naked choke.  GABRIEL MOGGLY BENITZ dropped a unanimous decision to  ENRIQUE EL FUERTE BARZOLACAST IRON COURTNEY CASEY was able to beat the 12th ranked straw weight JESSICA JAG AGULAR. The hometown boy JAMES THE TEXECUTIONER VICK made short work of MARCO POLO REYES by landing a solid left against the cage then a right that dropped him. James followed him down landing hammer fists till referee DON TURNAGE called it off at the 2:39 mark of round 1. CHASE THE VANILLA GORILLA SHERMAN ended his 2 fight losing streak and picked up his 10th win (all coming via KO/TKO); a TKO at 3:36 of round 2. It ruined the UFC debut of RASHAD DAYWALKER COULTER who was on a 5 fight win streak himself. Chase used a 5 inch height advantage by throwing an assortment of kicks and knees that weakened Rashad, and when backed up against the fence blasted him with a short right elbow that put him down.

CHAS THE SCRAPPER SKELLY and JASON THE KID KNIGHT had a real intense staredown at the weigh-ins. They had some great scrambles on the mat and both countered well but Jason was winning those exchanges, despite getting cut open under the right eye from elbows. Jason landed a straight left right hook combo that dropped the Keller Texas native Skelly and followed it up with ground and pound. The TKO win for Jason came at 39 seconds of round 3. EDDIE ALVAREZ was returning for the 1st time since losing the lightweight title to Conor McGregor. In a match-up of the 3rd and 9th ranked lightweights DUSTIN THE DIAMOND POIRIER. Who was in the cage for the 1st time since his war with Jim Miller at UFC 208. Both landed some shots early but it was more of a feeling out process. Dustin landed a knee that put Eddie in trouble and he continued with strikes that made it seem the end was very close. The former champ showed championship heart and came back to rock The Diamond. Both guys were cut by this point when Eddie pushed the action against the cage. He landed 1 knee, threw a second that was close to being illegal as Poirier was starting to cover up and go down. Eddie threw a 3rd one and referee HERB DEAN jumped in immediately. The cage side doctor came in to check Dustin while Herb went to talk to officials. The fight was called off and was declared a NO CONTEST. When JOE ROGAN entered the cage to get the fighters words, boos were being rained down on Eddie, when Dustin jumped in and defended him telling everyone to stop booing. Both fighters agreed that they need to run this fight back very soon.

The pay-per-view opened with the returning former WSOF 2 division champ DAVID BRANCH taking on the 9th ranked middleweight; KRZYSZTOF JOTKO, who was riding a 5 fight win streak. David; who hadn’t fought since NYE was able to take the younger taller fighter to the mat at will. Although every time they were in the clinch against the cage they had to be separated. The Brooklyn NY native Branch did just enough to take a split decision victory. In just one of the old lion-vs-young lion type bouts  FRANKIE EDGAR was taking on the streaking YAIR RODRIGUEZ. Frankie was able to get inside and bring the fight down to the mat where his wrestling advantage shined through. At the end of the 1st Yair already started to have a huge mouse under his left eye, and Frankie kept going back at it like a shark feeding frenzy. During 1 scramble Yair was able to get Edgar in an ankle lock but it wasn’t totally cinched in, and THE ANSWER was able to continue striking that mouse with quick shots and elbows. In between rounds 2 and 3 the cage side doctor came in to check the eye and declared Yair unfit to continue.  The win for Frankie pretty much cements him as the #1 contender for the ALDO-HOLLOWAY featherweight title winner; possibly at MSG in November.

DEMIAN MAIA, one of the best BJJ artists alive knew he was going to have his hands full with the dangerous and streaking GAMEBRED JORGE MASVIDAL. Demian was able to get a body triangle on Jorge and take his back. Maia was wearing him down but Masvidal’s conditioning is one of the best. Jorge opened a small cut under Demian’s right eye from some ground and pound, and started throwing some massive kicks that were hurting Maia. And Jorge was stuffing shoot attempts as well. But the last 3rd of every round Demian had the back, and that helped him take a split decision victory. He then went to chirp to DANA WHITE sitting cage side and demanded his title shot vs TYRON WOODLEY, another MSG possibility.  JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK was defending her straw weight title against the toughest challenger so far; JESSICA ANDRADE. Joanna used her veteran championship savy to keep the always surging forward Andrade at bay with an assortment of kicks that softened her up, then she was able to start connecting with counter strikes. But not before the stronger Jessica caught Joanna and placed a swelling mouse on the right side of her forehead. Joanna’s Muay Thai also came into play as in the clinch she was able to connect with knees and short elbows. The once former training partners who were more cordial during the week than they are used to went to the scorecards; with Joanna coming out on top and remaining champion.

The rematch main event of heavyweights STIPE MIOCIC and JUNIOR DOS SANTOS had the possibilities of either being another 5 round war, or over in a split second. It didn’t end in a split second; but it was close enough. JDS was landing some solid lower leg kicks that had the champs lead leg starting to swell. But, at 2:22 into round 1 Stipe caught JDS who kept backing up to the fence with a solid right that dropped him for the TKO win, keeping both title belts where they were at the start of the day.

 

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