Stipe Miocic and Joanna Jedrzejczyk retain their titles at UFC 211
Status quo was the name of the game at UFC 211, where both participating champions successfully retained their titles. In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk easily outpointed Jessica Andrade over five rounds, while Stipe Miocic needed all of 2:22 to send Junior dos Santos packing. Prior to the title matches, Demian Maia secured his place as the No. 1 contender in the welterweight division by defeating Jorge Masvidal.
- May 14, 2017
UFC 211 Quick Results
UFC 211 Main Card
Stipe Miocic def. Junior dos Santos, TKO (Round 1, 2:22) Joanna Jędrzejczyk def. Jessica Andrade, unanimous decision (50-45, 50-46, 50-45) Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez, TKO (Round 2, 5:00) David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Prelims on FX
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier: No Contest (Accidental Foul - Round 2, 4:12) Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly, TKO (Round 3, 0:39) Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter, TKO (Round 2, 3:36) James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes, TKO (Round 1, 2:39)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass
Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benítez, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen, submission (Round 1, 2:21)
Continue reading for Bleacher Report's full play-by-play coverage of UFC 211.
The Knockout Blow from Miocic
The champ retains his title and avenges a loss in the same night.
Here's What's on the Champ's Mind Post Fight
- Invalid Date
- May 14, 2017
Last Time It Took These Two 25 Minutes
This time a mere 2:22.
Both Champiosn Retain Their Titles Tonight
Stipe Miocic Def. Junior Dos Santos, TKO (Round 1, 2:22)
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos: Round 1
The heavyweights bandy leg-kicks through the opening 40 seconds. Miocic enters his hands into it and dos Santos obliges with a counter near the fence. A left hand from Miocic precedes another leg-kick from dos Santos, then lands another pair of punches. Miocic keeps dos Santos circling along the fence and smashes the Brazilian with a right hand that sends him to the mat, where the champion finishes the fight with punches.
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos
And of Course, She Drops Her Catchphrase
Jędrzejczyk Retains the Strawweight Title
And keeps up her run as one of the most dominant champions in the sport.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk Def. Jessica Andrade, Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-45)
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: Round 5
Andrade looks to push the pace, but Jędrzejczyk remains an elusive target, and one that continues to thrash out with low-kicks and straight punches as she deftly circles away. Andrade is able to score with a right hook, but she's not able to build upon the success. Instead it's Jędrzejczyk regaining momentum by reeling off a series of punches an leg-kicks over the next minute or so. Andrade keeps pressuring until the final horn, but she runs out of time.
Bleacher Report scores Round 5: 10-9 Jędrzejczyk Bleacher Report scores the fight: 50-45 Jędrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: Round 4
Jędrzejczyk changes things up by opening Round 4 with a kick up high, catching Andrade off guard. The Brazilian shakes it off and charges forth, but Jędrzejczyk plays the matador effectively once again. The champion scores with a clean one-two that stops Andrade dead in her tracks, but the Brazilian soon recovers and resumes her pursuit, tying Jędrzejczyk up against the fence. From there she elevates Jędrzejczyk, but can't complete the takedown fully. Jędrzejczyk finishes strong, scoring with at least five clean punches in the final minute of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 4: 10-9 Jędrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: Round 3
Andrade hits with a right hand before rallies off a series of unanswered kicks, one landing to the face. Andrade tries for a takedown, but nothing doing there. Jędrzejczyk settles back in, continuing her assault on Andrade's legs. She's also mixing the jab in well. Andrade fires back with a left hook that connects cleanly. She's unable to land more than one shot at a time though, and her legs are starting to look shaky when Jędrzejczyk goes back to the leg-kick well. An exchange occurs near the end of the round and the fighters close it out in the clinch.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Jędrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: Round 2
Jędrzejczyk tallies some more leg-kicks from range, adding some jabs in here and there. Andrade lands a left hand after penning Jędrzejczyk in near the fence, but the champ escapes back to space where she resumes her measured attack. Andrade chases her, trying to force a brawl, but to little effect thus far through eight minutes. A big right hand from Jędrzejczyk snaps her opponent's head back, but it seems to light something in her and she blitzes, the effort culminating in a takedown attempt that winds up a near-miss. Jędrzejczyk snaps her jab into Andrade's face, then lands a headkick that Andrade eats, counters and follows up by tackling Jędrzejczyk to the canvas.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Jędrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: Round 1
Jędrzejczyk begins with a trio of leg-kicks. Andrade joins in, landing one of her own. The Brazilian then rushes in and clips the champion with a right hook before eating one right back. The next time Andrade blitzes she is welcomed with a knee. Andrade is able to secure a takedown, but she is not able to keep Jędrzejczyk down. Instead, the champion stands and lands a series of knees to the body. After separating she adds a headkick that makes Andrade shake her head. The women then exchange some more leg-kicks before Jędrzejczyk blasts her with another knee to the midsection. Andrade shoots and forces a scramble, but the fight quickly returns to the feet. The horn sounds soon after.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Jędrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
Maia Has Had a Long Wait
But at seven in a row it's evidently time.
Demian Maia Def. Jorge Masvidal, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal: Round 3
A couple of early leg-kicks land for Masvidal, who goes up a level to the midsection. Both fighters are tentative with two close rounds in the books. Masvidal is tallying some points with kicks, but it's Maia that makes a splash with a takedown. He looks for a choke after securing the back and sinking in the body-triangle. Masvidal defends so Maia starts tapping him with punches.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Maia Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Maia
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal: Round 2
Masvidal stuffs a takedown and lands a couple of kicks, one to the body, one to the leg. Maia shoots again, and is once again stuffed. The process repeats with some Masvidal kicks in between the takedown attempts. Maia looks to pull guard, but fortuitously winds up on top. Masvidal is able work up near the fence, but Maia remains draped on him. Eventually, Maia drags Masvidal back to the mat and lands some over-the-shoulder punches with one hook in.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Maia
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal: Round 1
Maia dives in and ties Masvidal up. He works his opponent to a sitting position, but no further. Masvidal manages some short punches, but eventually succumbs to a takedown. Masvidal stands, but Maia remains on him like a backpack. The Brazilian looks for a choke while softening up his foe with pitter-patter work. That stalemate lasts for the majority of the round, ending when Masvidal dumps Maia to the mat and hammers away with punches til the bell.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Maia
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Edgar's Takedown in Round 2
Edgar Wins Via TKO
The doctor stops the bout between rounds after Rodriguez's eye is determined to be too damaged for him to continue.
Frankie Edgar Def. Yair Rodriguez, TKO (Round 2, 5:00)
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez: Round 2
Rodriguez looks to spin early, but Edgar absorbs the impact of the headkick on his forearms. He then shoots and works past some stiff defense from Rodriguez to complete the takedown. Immediately though, Rodriguez starts to work on a kneebar. It looks threatening, but Edgar escapes and gets the mount. Rodriguez scramble and ends up recovering guard. It's a small victory, however; Edgar quickly begins laying down the murderous ground and pound that defined the first round of the fight. Rodriguez makes an earnest effort for an armbar near the end of the round, but Edgar defends well.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Edgar
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
Edgar walks Rodriguez down and lands a right hand. Rodriguez answers with a knee and a jab. He then adds an elbow when Edgar clinches and looks for a takedown. Edgar completes the single-leg and lands in his opponent's guard. From there, Edgar drops some punches and a hard elbow. Rodriguez continuously throws his legs up, looking for a submission or to scramble, but Edgar defends expertly and continues to lay down the ground and pound. Rodriguez heads back to his corner with a bloody face and an eye that's nearly swollen shut.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-8 Edgar
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
The Winner Is Announced
David Branch Def. Krzysztof Jotko, SplitDecision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch: Round 3
Jotko lands a right hand, Branch a leg-kick. Both fighters seems to be moving with more urgency, but it doesn't translate into more action through the first 90 seconds of the round. Instead the action returns to the fence, where the men battle for position, much to the audible chagrin of the audience. Branch lands a jab then takes Jotko to the mat. Jotko stands, but that just means the men resume their battle for position against the fence. Another referee intervention allows Jotko to hit with a knee. He adds an uppercut before Branch takes him over to the fence.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Branch Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Branch
Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch: Round 2
Jotko closes the distance and pushes Branch to the fence. He breaks off with a spinning backfist, then suffers a lowblow, which caused a brief timeout. Back underway, Jotko paws with his jab. Branch motions for a takedown, but doesn't really commit. When he does commit he manages to get Jotko down, but Jotko pops up just as quickly as he went down. Branch takes Jotko to the cage, but the referee quickly restarts the fighters. Jotko opens up a little after the reset, which opens him up to another takedown, but he's once more able to stand immediately.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Jotko
Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch: Round 1
Both fighters come out with visible energy, but it takes over a minute before either does anything of substance. It's Branch striking first, scoring with a double-leg takedown. Jotko initially makes a play for a submission, but instead opts to shimmy over to the fence and work his way up. Jotko quickly returns the favor by taking Branch down, but Branch spends no more than a second before springing up. The men spend the remaining minute of the round on the fence, Branch controlling Jotko without doing much in the way of damage.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Branch
Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch
Is It the End of an Era?
An Unfortunate End to a Great Fight
Now we're on to the main card on pay-per-view.
The Purpose of MMA Rules Is Becoming Increasingly Confusing
Alvarez was probably half-conscious, but his strikes were a clear violation of the rules. It seems bizarre that both fighters are punished equally for that.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier: No Contest (Accidental Foul - Round 2, 4:12)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier: Round 2
Alvarez sets the tone for Round 2 with a big right hand. He looks to follow it up with a takedown, but the threat of a guillotine halts his advance. Once free Alvarez looks for the takedown again, but is once more rebuffed. Poirier rallies with straight punches and leg-kicks. Poirier continues to land, clipping Alvarez with a right hand that sends him stumbling across the Octagon. Poirier searches for the finish against the fence, battering Alvarez with punches. Somehow Alvarez eats them and starts firing back, appearing to hurt Poirier. Alvarez is able to complete a takeown, and as Poirier starts to stand Alvanrez blasts him with two straight knees to the face, both of which are illegal because Poirier is in the position of a downed opponent. The fight is called when the referee, doctor and Poirier discuss the fighter's condition.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier: Round 1
Poirier opens the action with a hard kick to the ribs. He adds another couple of kicks over the next 30 seconds as Alvarez looks to settle in. The fighters exchange in the center of the Octagon, Poirier landing with heavier impact. Alvarez seeks a takedown, but is handily rejected. Alvarez comes back with a pair of punches, Poirer answers with a couple of straight lefts. Another exchange follows with both men landings, but Poirier sends Alvarez packing with a hard leg-kick. Alvarez lands a right hand before time expires.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Poirier
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Knight Looked Fantastic
He is now 4-0 in the UFC and should just have earned himself a meaningful one next.
When Rogan Is Screaming Desperately for a Stoppage...
You know the stoppage is late in coming.
Jason Knight Def. Chas Skelly, TKO (Round 3, 0:39)
Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight: Round 3
A big right hand from Knight sends Skelly staggering around the cage. Knight lands again, scoring the knockdown. He continues to beat on Skelly even after he goes limp, the referee lethargically making his way over to intervene.
Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight: Round 2
Skelly opens Round 2 with a bodykick. Knight counters with a right hook. Skelly lands another kick, but Knight is finding an opening for his right hand. A takedown effort from Skelly comes up dry and he's forced to remain in a kickboxing match with Knight. Not liking what he finds there re recommits to the shot, but Knight defends, then adds insult to injury by flipping the script and taking Skelly to the mat. The men scramble up and trade violently to bring a close to the second frame.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Knight
Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight: Round 1
Knight scores first, landing a hard left hook to the face. He adds a leg-kick before cracking Skelly again. Skelly answers with a left of his own before taking Knight down to the mat. Knight moves to mission control. Knight lands a couple elbows from the bottom, then escapes to the top. The fighters scramble again, Knight resuming mission control from the bottom. Another scramble sees Knight stand and back away. Skelly answers the call with a stiff cross. Knight scores a takedown before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Knight
Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight
James Vick's Knockout from Earlier Tonight
The Crowd Was Going Wild Through the Fight
Round 2 especially featured little but balls to the wall action.
Both Men Were Swaying in Half-consciousness
Sherman had the advantage of having two working legs to Coulter's zero.
Chase Sherman Def. Rashad Coulter, TKO (Round 2, 3:36)
Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter: Round 2
Coulter comes out aggressively and lands a couple of nice shots before Sherman answers with a knee. Sherman follows up with two leg-kicks that trip Coulter up. Sherman continues the assault with punches on the ground, but Coulter wills his way back up, though he can barely stand on his wounder legs. Sherman continues to target them, but Coulter somehow finds the strength to unleash a couple of bombs that stun Sherman. Coulter lands again, then Sherman answers in a wild exchange. Both men are wobbling around the Octagon, but Sherman digs deep for an elbow and drops Coulter in a heap. The referee has seen enough and calls an end to the action.
Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter: Round 1
Sherman scores with a leg-kick early, Coulter answers with a counter right hand. Sherman goes right back to the leg-kick, then goes there again. Sherman continues to land low, and has begun to put some followup strikes behind them. Coulter retaliates with a right hand upstairs, but Sherman is just chewing up his opponent's lead leg. Coulter flurries and draws Sherman into an exchange. Both guys land before the pace slackens. Sherman lands another pair of leg-kicks that put Coulter on wobbly feet. Sherman adds another before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Sherman