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UFC 217 live blog: Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (left) faces Jorge Masvidal (right) at UFC 217 on Saturday.
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This is the UFC 217 live blog for Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.

Two-time UFC welterweight title contender “Wonderboy” Thompson takes on 44-fight veteran Jorge Masvidal on the main card.

Check out the UFC 217 live blog below.

Round 1: Referee Dan Miragliotta is in the cage to oversee this one. Masvidal throwing short kicks at Thompson’s lead leg to start, Thompson bouncing on his feet, not throwing much. A jab-jab combo causes Masvidal to jump back with a smile on his face. Side kick to the body by Thompson. Neither fighter throwing much, but it’s Thompson landing the cleaner shots when they do. Masvidal continuing with the low kick attempts. Masvidal lands a body kick of his own, then another. Thompson comes over the top with a punch and catches Masvidal. A side kick from Thompson hits Masvidal on the body knocking him off-balance for a brief moment, but he’s back up. Masvidal connects with high kicks. Thompson hits Masvidal with a straight left. Close first round, slight edge to Wonderboy.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Thompson.

Round 2: Thompson answers Masvidal’s leg kicks with a high kick that Masvidal deflects. Masvidal with the takedown attempt, but it goes nowhere and they’re back in the center of the cage. Slick sidestep by Thompson leads to a right hand that scores and knocks Masvidal down. Masvidal recovers, but that was a huge shot for Wonderboy. Masvidal trying to get in with low kicks and jabs. Thompson landing consistently landing counter-punches. His side kick is giving Masvidal problems as well. Thompson over the top again and he connects with a punch. A minute left, Masvidal hits Thompson with a short hook. Thompson circling now. He backs Masvidal up with a straight right. Another round with good moments for both fighters.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Thompson. Overall 20-18, Thompson.

Round 3: Thompson connects with a jab and he’s opening up even as Masvidal lands leg kicks. Masvidal attempts to grapple again, but Thompson escapes. Quick 1-2 by Thompson. Masvidal hits Thompson coming in, then absorbs a couple of punches himself. Swinging punch by Masvidal catches nothing but air. Masvidal trying to turn this into a brawl, he’s getting out-landed though. Straight punches by Thompson are getting through the defenses of “Gamebred.” Thompson goes body-head with his punches. Strong finish for the two-time title challenger as he’s just sniping away at Masvidal, who isn’t backing down. He catches Masvidal’s leg at the end and pushes him down to close out the fight. Should be another round for Thompson, but this was not a blowout by any stretch.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Thompson. Overall 30-27, Thompson.

Official result: Stephen Thompson def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

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