UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 took place Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (16-3) and former titleholder Cody Garbrandt (11-2) collided in a rematch in the night’s main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights below.
For more on Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee.
Round 1: Herb Dean on hand for the main event. Dillashaw opening up with a lot of lateral movement. Both men hesitant to overextend. It’s Garbrandt who gets inside first with a left hook. Kick to the body by Dillashaw, Garbrandt answers with one of his own. Right hand backs Dillashaw up, but Garbrandt ate a counter punch as he threw. Garbrandt points to the center of the cage. Inside leg kick for Dillashaw. Garbrandt with a left hook off of a caught kick and he follows up with more punches. They start trading and it’s Dillashaw who scores the knockdown. He pounces, but Garbrandt has a hold of his arm. Dillashaw lands more punches as Garbrandt tries to separate. They reset with 90 seconds to go. Right hand over the top scores for Dillashaw. Counter right and Garbrandt is wobbling. He drops to the mat and Dillashaw is landing several unanswered blows. Knee up the middle as Garbrandt is slumped against the cage, he won’t drop, but Dean has to step in for the stoppage.
Official result: T.J. Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (strikes) at 4:10 of Round 1 to retain the UFC bantamweight championship