Saturday night, in a superb mix of newly developed boxing training to complement his gifted takedown and mat maneuvering skills, St-Pierre celebrated his return by reuniting with a championship belt in the UFC 217 main event at Madison Square Garden.
That emotional bout was preceded by even greater highs, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk can now be added to the mountain of obstacles new UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas has overcome in life.
Raised amid a culture of drug abuse and domestic violence, Namajunas found tranquility in the routine of fight training and developed into a contender who was seen more as an inspiring story that was to play second to the dominance of Jedrzejczyk.
There, Namajunas surged to deliver a hard elbow to the face and five unanswered left hands to the head that convinced referee John McCarthy to stop the fight 3:03 into the first.
Dillashaw, a former stablemate of Garbrandt’s at former UFC title fighter Urijah Faber’s gym in Sacramento before a bitter split, shouted in Garbrandt’s face after the stoppage and barked at Faber too.
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