Fight fans at Dallas’ American Airlines Arena are in for quite the treat Saturday night.
Not only will they see UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defend his title against Junior dos Santos in the UFC 211 main event, but they’ll also witness a second title fight when women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces Jessica Andrade.
Oh, and that’s not all. Big names will be featured throughout the main card, as Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal, Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez and Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch also will air during the pay-per-view. And former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who lost his title to Conor McGregor at UFC 205, couldn’t even crack the main card, so he’ll face Dustin Poirier during the FX prelims.
The main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET, but fans can enjoy plenty of preliminary fights, including Alvarez vs. Poirier, in the meantime.
We will have real-time results for every UFC 211 fight, as well as round-by-round analysis for Miocic vs. dos Santos and Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade right here on our live blog. You also can watch all the action here.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade Round-By-Round Commentary
The fighters are in the octagon. It’s time for the strawweight championship bout.
And the staredown was epic.
Andrade landed some big blows, and she got the champ down with a takedown. The champion maneuvered her way out of too much danger, and she got in some significant strikes later in the round. Andrade grabbed Jedrzejczyk by the leg and went for another takedown, but this one wasn’t very effective. Despite the takedowns, Jedrzejczyk got in some big strikes, too.
Jedrzejczyk continued to work on the challenger’s legs. The champion was in control, both on offense and defense. Jedrzejczyk got in a couple of huge right hands with around 1:30 left in the round. Andrade grabbed the champ by the leg, but Jedrzejczyk got out of harm’s way. Jedrzejczyk landed some more huge jabs and a kick to the face in the final seconds.
Jedrzejczyk’s leg kicks continued to add up, and she displayed incredible accuracy. Andrade got in a flurry of strikes with just over two minutes remaining in the round. But for the most part, the champ continued to land shots at will. Andrade was chasing Jedrzejczyk late in the round, but there was a noticeable lump on Jedrzejczyk’s forehead.
The strikes continued to pile up, and you could see the impact on Andrade. Despite more significant strikes, Andrade got the champion against the octagon for a good stretch of time during the middle of the round. It gave the challenger a bit of a break from getting hit. She tried to go for a takedown, but Jedrzejczyk displayed great defense, again. Andrade’s legs looked in rough shape from all the leg kicks and the champ also got in some more jabs toward the end of the round, too. Total domination.
The fighters hugged and tapped gloves before the round. Jedrzejczyk hit Andrade with jab after jab, a familiar story from the rest of the fight. Andrade still kept trying, though, and she did some more damage to Jedrzejczyk’s face. Jedrzejczyk tagged her with a brutal elbow, and she continued to hit the challenger with jabs late in the round. There’s little doubt she’ll hold on to her title, but this one is going to the judges.
Jedrzejczyk retained the strawweight title by unanimous decision, 50-45, 50-44, 50-45.
It wasn’t all bad news for Andrade, though. she proposed to her girlfriend after the bout, and she said yes.
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos Round-By-Round Commentary
Miocic and dos Santos are in the octagon. It’s time for the heavyweight championship bout.
Dos Santos got two leg kicks in early, and they appeared to do some damage, but Miocic then took over and dropped the challenger to the mat. He continued to get a flurry of shots in, and the fight was called pretty quickly. Miocic wins again.
And still! Miocic gets revenge against dos Santos and retains his heavyweight title with a TKO at 2:22 in Round 1.
Stipe Miocic def. Junior dos Santos, via TKO (Round 1, 2:22)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Andrade, via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-45)
Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal, via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez, via TKO (Round 2, 5:00)
David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko, via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier, no contest (Round 2, 4:12)
Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly, via TKO (Round 3, 0:39)
Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter, via TKO (Round 2, 3:36)
James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes, via TKO (Round 1, 2:35)
UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims
Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar, via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez, via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen, via submission (Round 1, 2:21)
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