UFC 217 went down as one of the most exciting cards of the year. Delivering three title bouts amongst the top athletes in the sport. After their victorious wins, what’s next for the new champions?
Main Event: Michael Bisping vs Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Middleweight Championship
Georges St. Pierre defeats Michael Bisping via rear naked choke in round 3 4:23: He’s back and he’s evolved.George St. Pierre shows us he can compete against the elite after a four-year hiatus.Showing us a standup game plan opposite of his usual groundwork dominance GSP achieves gold with his seventh submission win.Can he stack up against the young and hungry Middleweight division?We know they’ve been waiting.Georges and Dana say it’s in his contract to defend against Robert Whittaker but we know St. Pierre came back with a”plan”.Many argue that this plan is to return to his natural division at Welterweight and fight the current champ Tyron Woodley who has been campaigning to face one of his idols.Will GSP be the next to hold two belts simultaneously?
Kayla’s prediction: Georges faces Robert Whittaker at UFC 221 to maintain the integrity of the sport and to prove he can compete in the “new and evolved” sport.
Co-Main: Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw for the UFC Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw defeats Cody Garbrandt via KO round 2 2:41: #andnew #andagain A champion is back. TJ Dillashaw replies to Team Alpha Male tweets and accusations with a technical performance. Now that the rivalry is settled, well until they meet for round two, will the returning champ go after a rematch with Dominick Cruz foreseeing he get past Rivera later this year? This is the fight that would make sense or is it? A desire for super fights are at an all-time high and it looks like Dillashaw, Demetrious Johnson and the boss are just as interested to make this happen.
Kayla’s prediction: TJ Dillashaw enjoys the holidays and defends his belt against the winner of Dominick Cruz vs Jimmie Rivera. Also, posts a #andnewchamp dig towards Team Alpha Male. Demetrious moves up to Bantamweight later in the year for a super fight.
3rd Title bout: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas for the Strawweight Title Championship
Rose Namajunas defeats Joanna Jedrzejczyk via KO round 1 3:03: Rose Namajunas gives us the biggest upset of the year! The new champ has found a way to dethrone the undefeated just before she ties women’s MMA history. Rose has run through some of the top contenders on her way to the belt.Can a ranked five athlete provide a standout performance and build a storyline before the former champ requests a rematch?
Kayla’s prediction: Rose faces Joanna for an immediate rematch early 2018 as the women in 115lb and 125lb settle into place.