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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Nate Diaz Returns to Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 230

Gird your loins and dust off your favorite vape pen, because Nate Diaz – our favorite trash-talking, Conor McGregor-beating Stockton badboy – is coming back.

He’ll be taking on Dustin Poirier in the co-main event of UFC 230. Since we know Diaz is capable of hyping a fight and generating monster interest, the UFC is essentially handing Poirier an opportunity on a silver platter – it’ll be up to Poirier to make the most of it.

As for who will win and who will lose… who cares! Diaz is back!

Here’s the LA Times:

Nate Diaz will return to the UFC octagon after more than a two-year absence Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden for an expected firefight of a stand-up bout against destructive puncher Dustin Poirier, the Los Angeles Times learned Thursday.

The lightweight bout will serve as the co-main event at UFC 230.

Stockton’s Diaz (20-11) has participated in the main event of two of the most lucrative UFC pay-per-view cards in history, first by taking a March 2016 fight against Conor McGregor on less than two weeks’ notice to submit him in the second round.

Then, after Diaz and his fighter brother, Nick, engaged McGregor in a bottle-and-can throwing exchange during a pre-fight news conference, he lost to McGregor by decision in one of the most thrilling bouts in the organization’s history.

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UFC 227 Primer: For TJ Dillashaw, There Remains Another Mountain To Climb

Maybe I’m wrong, but as far as it goes, Dominick Cruz is still the best bantamweight of all-time.

TJ Dillashaw will defend his title this Saturday night at UFC 227 vs. Cody Garbrandt in a rematch of their November bout that ended with Dillashaw knocking Garbrandt out inside Madison Square Garden.

A two-time champion, Dillashaw believes the spot atop the Mount Rushmore of his division belongs to him with a second consecutive win over Garbrandt and the 16th of his career in 19 fights.

But is Dillashaw forgetting about that 2016 date with Cruz that resulted in “The Dominator” reclaiming the belt via split decision? How can you call yourself “the best” without having bested someone that many believe is just that?

Cruz has suffered an incredibly bad run of injuries that have limited him to just four fights since a 2011 win over Demetrious Johnson. That, in fact, was the last time the current UFC flyweight champion lost.

He finally returned in 2014 and knocked out Takeya Mizugaki, earning a shot at Dillashaw for the belt that he never lost. Officials had to move on and stripped Cruz of the belt that he had held dating back to winning it in the WEC in 2010.

Late in 2016, Cruz suffered a loss to Garbrandt via decision, just the second of his career. The other being a defeat he avenged vs. Urijah Faber, remains one I am sure Cruz would love to have a crack at.

But back to Dillashaw and his claim to being the G.O.A.T. in the bantamweight ranks.

You can definitely feel free to place him on the mountains with a second win over Garbrandt, as his victories vs. Renan Barao John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and others give him a strong case.

Just don’t call him the greatest yet when Dominick Cruz is still lurking in the shadows.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo

Middleweight: Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland

Strawweight: Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/8 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns

Bantamweight: Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana

Featherweight: Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez

Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Strawweight: Danielle Taylor vs. Zhang Welli

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren

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Colby Covington Meets With President Trump, Gives Him Worthless Interim Belt

Moderately good fighter but dismal trash-talker Colby Covington won the UFC interim welterweight belt, and since he wants to take some time off to catch his breath, the UFC is rendering that belt null and void when real champ Tyron Woodley fights Darren Till. Which is whatever – if you hold stock in an interim belt these days, you’re a fool.

But Covington has managed to make the most of his worthless piece of gold-painted tin and simulated leather: He cashed it on for a photo op with President Donald Trump.

I guess this makes President Trump the interim welterweight champ now?

UFC 227 Primer: Cody Garbrandt Could Easily Be Champ Again

Not to take anything away from TJ Dillashaw, but Cody Garbrandt could easily wind up wearing that bantamweight championship belt again.

Yes, Dillashaw was already the champ once before, and when he dethroned Garbrandt, it was via fast and furious knockout – which is a pretty definitive ending to any fight. But…

…When Dillashaw and Garbrandt clashed at UFC 217, the really banged the hell out of each other. It could have just as easily been Garbrandt catching Dillashaw, and when they meet in the main event of UFC 227 on Saturday, that could totally happen.

Will it be a fun, fantastic fight? Heck yeah. Both men are truly the best the bantamweight division has to offer, plus Garbrandt has exceptional dancing skills. Could Dillashaw win again? Sure. Could Garbrandt win this time? Fo’ sheezy.

Here’s a sample of Garbrandt in action.

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UFC 227 Primer: Cody Garbrandt Could Easily Be Champ Again

Not to take anything away from TJ Dillashaw, but Cody Garbrandt could easily wind up wearing that bantamweight championship belt again.

Yes, Dillashaw was already the champ once before, and when he dethroned Garbrandt, it was via fast and furious knockout – which is a pretty definitive ending to any fight. But…

…When Dillashaw and Garbrandt clashed at UFC 217, the really banged the hell out of each other. It could have just as easily been Garbrandt catching Dillashaw, and when they meet in the main event of UFC 227 on Saturday, that could totally happen.

Will it be a fun, fantastic fight? Heck yeah. Both men are truly the best the bantamweight division has to offer, plus Garbrandt has exceptional dancing skills. Could Dillashaw win again? Sure. Could Garbrandt win this time? Fo’ sheezy.

Here’s a sample of Garbrandt in action.

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