By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A bantamweight title fight between current champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw served as the co-main event of UFC 217 in New York.
Round one begins and Cody comes out quickly. Dillashaw switches stances. Cody throws a low kick. Dillashaw catches Cody with a nice knee to the body. Garbrandt circles out. TJ with a low kick, Cody responds with a left hand over the top. TJ fakes a spinning back fist. Cody comes forward with a head kick that is blocked. TJ presses forward. He misses with a head kick. Cody circles out and then lands a nice kick to the body. TJ is using a lot of movement. Cody presses forward with a combination that lands. TJ fires back with a wild right. Garbrandt tells him to bring it on. Both men are throwing wildly now. Cody with a beautiful left hook. TJ leaps in with a front kick and then follows that strike up with a low kick. Both men are having trouble finding their range. TJ with a right hand. Cody replies with a jab. Another nice right hand from Dillashaw. Cody circles. TJ comes forward but Cody catches him with a right hand. TJ hits the deck. Cody charges in with punches but the horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and TJ just misses with a high kick attempt. Dillashaw is looking for some big strikes now. He throws a body kick and then a low kick. Cody is smiling at TJ. Dillashaw catches him with a high kick and Garbrandt drops. TJ rushes in but Cody pops back up to his feet. Garbrandt with a nice combination. He seems to be ok. Cody with a low kick. TJ paws with a jab. Dillashaw with a massive right and Cody goes down. He leaps on him with punches. It is all over! WOW!