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UFC 217 live blog: Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw
Cody Garbrandt defends his title against T.J. Dillashaw on Saturday at UFC 217.
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This is the UFC 217 live blog for Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw, a bantamweight championship bout at Saturday night's UFC event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.

The undefeated Garbrandt defends his title for the first time, facing former champion Dillashaw in the evening’s co-main event.

Check out the UFC 217 live blog below.

Round 1: Dillashaw with a lot of movement, feinting in and out. Garbrandt tags him with a counter-punch. Front kick by Dillashaw. Neither man landing much of consequence through the first two minutes. Dillashaw sizing Garbrandt up with jabs that are falling short. Garbrandt with a big flurry and he scores several times before Dillashaw can slip out. Dillashaw gets countered again and he’s feeling Garbrandt’s power. The champ’s hand speed is giving Dillashaw a lot of problems. Dillashaw misses with a leg kick. Garbrandt starting to throw some jabs. Garbrandt with another flurry, then a jab up the middle. Garbrandt with a counter-right at the end that knocks Dillashaw down. He’s slow getting back to his corner.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Garbrandt.

Round 2: Dillashaw whiffs on a big kick and Garbrandt styles on him. Inside leg kick by Dillashaw, but he gets hit again trying to jump in. Garbrandt shrugs off a Dillashaw takedown attempt. A Dillashaw head kick sends Garbrandt stumbling back, could have just been off-balance though. 1-2 by Garbrandt. Now it’s Dillashaw landing a huge right hook, Garbrandt goes down! Dillashaw with the follow up punches and Garbrandt is not defending himself. Referee Dan Miragliotta has to call it off and Dillashaw is once again the UFC bantamweight champion!

Official result: T.J. Dillashaw def. Cody Garbandt via TKO (punches) at 2:41 of Round 2

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