UFC 211 Recap: Both Champs Keep Their Titles

Nov 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Joanna Jedrzejczyk (red gloves) reacts after defeating Karolina Kowalkiewicz (blue gloves) in their strawweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 211 in Dallas Texas did not disappoint.

Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos showed how far Miocic has come since 2014. There first fight was a war, this fight was a one-sided beat down. Miocic chased Dos Santos down before landing a blow that dropped him and finishing him in the first round.

The win for Miocic ties him with Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, and Cain Velasquez for most consecutive title defenses in the UFC heavyweight division with two.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade was another show case for Jedrzejczyk. She outclassed Andrade everywhere, picked her apart on the feet and stuff every takedown. One thing Andrade did was eat everything Jedzejczyk threw at her and just kept moving forward. She most definitely earned some fans tonight with her performance but the champion was just too much. Jedrzejczyk ended up winning a unanimous decision and moved one step closer to breaking Ronda Rousey’s title defense record.

Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal was your classic striker vs grappler and was exactly that Masvidal won the striking exchanges but when Maia took him down he controlled him the whole time. Masvidal gave Maia a tough fight but ended up losing a close split decision loss that earned Maia a date with the welter weight champ Tyron Woodley.

Yair Rodriquez vs Frankie Edgar was supposed to be Rodriquez’s coming out party but the former lightweight champion, Edgar made sure that wasn’t going to happen tonight. Edgar did what he does best taking down Rodriguez and just beating him up for two rounds to the point the ref had to call the fight at the end of the second due to huge swelling under Rodriguez left eye. The swelling was due to punches and elbows Edgar landed on Rodriguez while on top.

The main card kicked off with David Branch and Krzysztof Jotko in a back and forth fight that ended with Branch winning a close split decision.

The prelims had plenty of action with James Vick and Jason Knight making statement by finishing their opponents and deserve ranked opponents next. The prelims ended in a little disappointing way when Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez fought in a back to forth fight that ended with some illegal knees thrown by the former lightweight champion Alvarez that resulted in a no contest.

Main Card:

Stipe Miocic def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO – Round 1, 2:22

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision

Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision

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Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00

David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko via split decision

Prelims:

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier declared a no contest (illegal knee) – Round 2, 4:12

Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:39

Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter TKO  – Round 2, 3:36

James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes via TKO  – Round 1, 2:35

Fight Pass:

Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision

Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision

Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:21

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