By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre served as the main event of last night’s UFC 217 pay-per-view event in New York.
Round one begins and St-Pierre starts things off with a low kick. He lands another. Bisping circles but Georges catches him with another leg kick. “GSP” with a right hand over the top. Bisping circles along the fence. Georges catches him with a side kick. A big right hand just misses for “Rush”. The Canadian side steps and then lands a jab. Michael returns fire with a right hand. “GSP” scores with a jab followed by a front leg round kick. Bisping moves forward and lands a jab of his own. Georges smiles at him. “GSP” with a right hand followed by a crisp jab. St-Pierre keeps searching for a right hand over the top Dan Henderson style. Georges misses with a spinning roundhouse kick attempt. Georges shoots in and lands a ingle leg takedown. Just under a minute remains. “GSP” has Bisping pressed against the fence but Michael quickly wall walks and stands back up. Georges misses with a right hand but then leaps in with a superman punch. He lands a spinning wheel kick. Bisping looks stunned. “GSP” looks great. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Georges land a side kick. He scores with a jab and then another. “GSP” with a solid low kick. Bisping leaps in with a body kick that is partially blocked. The Canadian lands another nice jab. Bisping misses with a right hand. “GSP” with a nice jab. He throws a kick. Michael catches it and lands a nice counter punch. Bisping with a low kick now. He catches Georges with a right hand while St-Pierre was attempting a low kick. “GSP” with a nice jab now. Georges shoots in and scores a takedown with just under two minutes left in the round. St-Pierre moves immediately to half guard. Bisping is able to scramble and get back up to his feet. He lands a nice right hand on “GSP”. Bisping with a nice left hand. St-Pierre throws a kick but Bisping catches it. Michael leaps in with a jumping side kick. It partially lands. Georges is slowing down. Round two comes to an end.
Round three begins and Georges lands a low kick. He shoots in and after some hard work drags Michael to the floor. “GSP” is working from full guard here. Bisping lands an elbow from the bottom that busts open St-Pierre. “GSP” lands a hard elbow. He throws a right hand followed by another elbow. Bisping is looking to scramble. He lands another big elbow from the bottom and “GSP” is now a bloody mess. Bisping scrambles to his feet. GSP lands a jab. Bisping responds with a right. Another jab from St-Pierre followed by a right hand over the top. Just under two minutes remain in round three. Bisping lands a good jab. Georges replies with a side kick followed by a low kick. GSP knocks Bisping to the floor with a punch. GSP is all over him with ground and pound. Bisping gives up his back and GSP locks in a rear-naked choke. He puts Bisping to sleep!