Martin Rogers, Special for USA TODAY Sports
Published 1:01 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017
T.J. Dillashaw celebrates after defeating Cody Garbrandt throughout UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York.(Photo: Noah Ok. Murray, USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK — TJ Dillashaw got here again from the brink of defeat to proceed UFC 217’s run of upsets and reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title by ending champion Cody Garbrandt at Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening.
Dillashaw was dropped by a ferocious proper hand within the last moments of the primary spherical, a blow which may have ended the competition had the bell not intervened. He appeared shaken, however responded spectacularly by taking management of the second spherical and ending issues in beautiful vogue.
Steering away from Garbrandt’s highly effective fists, Dillashaw unleashed a left kick to the aspect of his opponent’s head that had the champion reeling. Although Garbrandt swiftly obtained his ft, he was in deep trouble and, within the following alternate, Dillashaw landed a crushing proper hook from which there was no return.
“He hits fast and he hits hard,” Dillashaw stated afterward. “I got hit by a right hand, but I came back.”
And so one other of the UFC’s shining lights went down, a pattern that’s now on a streak of two years and counting. Garbrandt, together with his poster boy seems to be and youthful confidence, seemed set to turn into one of many principal faces of the group after successful the title from Dominick Cruz final December.
Instead it’s Dillashaw who will get the bantamweight belt again, having misplaced it to Cruz in a slender determination in January 2016. Now Dillashaw desires to face pound-for-pound champion Demetrious Johnson, the flyweight king, who has not misplaced in 14 fights relationship again greater than six years.
This victory was even sweeter for Dillashaw given the bitter animosity between himself and Team Alpha Male, the Sacramento-based coaching group led by former UFC star Urijah Faber and that includes Garbrandt as its largest attraction. Dillashaw was previously a part of the group earlier than leaving to arrange his personal coaching preparations two years in the past. He and Garbrandt squared up and yelled at one another within the moments after the bout ended however appeared to reconcile quickly afterward.
The shock end result got here instantly after Rose Namajunas produced a significant upset to strip away Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight title and finish her bid to wrap up a sixth title protection.
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