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Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jéssica Andrade
Round 1: They touch gloves before the fight and both look incredibly pumped. Jędrzejczyk takes the center of the octagon and tries some shots from range, landing two inside leg kicks and a short jab. Andrade counters one of the jabs with a wild winging hook that lands. Jędrzejczyk smiles but it definitely did some damage. Andrade is waiting in the pocket for Jędrzejczyk to come in. Jędrzejczyk has much more range but Andrade has so much power. They tie up against the cage and Jędrzejczyk has a massive welt forming on the top of her head. Andrade picks Jędrzejczyk up and slams her down for a takedown. As Jędrzejczyk is getting up, Andrade does it again and moves to half guard. Jędrzejczyk gets back to her feet and resumes trying to throw from range. She lands some nice inside leg kicks. Andrade is moving forward now though, stalking Jędrzejczyk and looking for a winging hook. Andrade lands a nice body combo and then presses Jędrzejczyk to the cage. Andrade tries a takedown that ends up in some kind of tossing suplex, but they are both on their feet quickly. Jędrzejczyk very nearly takes off Andrade’s head with a kick but it just glances. The round comes to an end.
UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 is here and two championship belts will be on the line. SB Nation will have live round-by-round coverage of the full main card, including the heavyweight title bout featuring champion Stipe Miocic up against Junior dos Santos.
In the co-main-event, the women’s strawweight championship will be up for grabs as Joanna Jędrzejczyk defends against Jéssica Andrade. The main card also features Demian Maia versus Jorge Masvidal in welterweight competition, and former champion Frankie Edgar up against Yair Rodriguez at featherweight.
We will have coverage of the current fights at the top of this article, with results from past fights listed below, as well as the full fight card results from the prelims and main card below that.
Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1: Maia offers to touch gloves, but Masvidal shakes his head. Maia goes for a takedown and Masvidal fights it off while threatening a guillotine. Maia gets out of it and sticks to Masvidal’s leg. They end up against the cage and Maia scores a trip, but Masvidal gets up quickly. Maia gets on Masvidal’s back, squeezing him and hanging from him up against the cage. Maia is calm now, trying to sink in a choke but Masvidal is defending well. Maia is biding his time and the whole time, Masvidal is being drained while having to hold Maia up. There isn’t a lot of action here but it’s a dominant position so the referee can’t stop it. Masvidal turns and catches one of Maia’s elbows, and has the potential to get Maia in a lock. Maia has to abort and Masivdal leaps on top of him, throwing punches as the round came to an end. It’s still a Maia round but Masivdal may have shook him at the end there.
Round 2: Maia goes for a takedown but Masvidal stuffs it. Masvidal has Maia backing up now. Masvidal throws a head kick that Maia blocks. Maia shoots again and Masvidal sprawls. Masvidal lands a nice jab. Maia looks like he may have tired out his legs in the first round. Masvidal lands a knee as they separate and Maia shoots again, desperately. He doesn’t get anything but he does grab onto a leg and eventually hangs onto it enough to get Masivdal on his back against the cage. They fight for position for more than a minute. Eventually, Maia gets to Masvidal’s back again, but Masvidal has one of Maia’s legs. The round comes to an end with no damage being done of significance.
Round 3: Masvidal lands a huge inside leg kick that almost buckled Maia’s knee. He then lands a nice body kick. Maia is throwing short jabs here and there, but ultimately he’s coasting here, which is strange considering the second round could have gone either way. Masvidal lunges with a knee, but Maia circles out of it. Maia goes for a takedown at 2:25 and gets Masvidal down and against the cage. Maia eventually passes and gets Masvidal’s back. Masvidal is trying to spin but Maia completely has his back and wants to work the choke. He has 1:20 to do it. Maia throws a few punches from the position. Masvidal tries to throw elbows but they don’t land. Maia has the body triangle from his back, and lands a few punches. Masvidal is talking trash to Maia while he’s unable to do anything himself. The round comes to an end. Masvidal is celebrating despite very little offense, but then again, Maia didn’t do much damage.
Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Round 1: Edgar comes out pressing the action, and he slips a punch before landing a nice 1-2 combo that Rodriguez has to back away from. Edgar goes to clinch up and Rodriguez lands a nice knee to keep him away. Edgar gets Rodriguez backing up, but Rodriguez is still throwing while backing up. Edgar is trying to get him uncomfortable but Rodriguez lands a nice elbow in the scramble. Edgar gets him against the cage and then lifts him up before slamming him down into guard. He begins his smothering attack, but he can’t transition out of guard. He lands some nice elbows and other ground-and-pound from the position, however. Edgar is relentless, with more than two minutes to go. Edgar stands and throws some shots from standing guard before getting back down. Edgar lands more and more punches. Rodriguez can do nothing to defend himself. Edgar has opened cuts on Rodriguez’s face, and the round comes to an end after what might be a 10-8 round for Edgar.
Round 2: Rodriguez asked for this fight and now he has a huge cut open by his left eye. Rodriguez barely misses with a wheel kick and Edgar shoots for a takedown. He drags Rodriguez down, but has to defend against a leg or ankle lock. Rodriguez is working a submission, he really wants it, but after 40 seconds of jostling, Edgar gets his leg free by wailing on Rodriguez’s face. Edgar uses this opportunity to pass to full mount. Rodriguez rolls out of it and locks onto one of Edgar’s wrists. He eventually gets back to his back and in full guard, which is better for him but now Edgar has more than two minutes to work his ground-and-pound again. And he does, though at a slower pace this time. Rodriguez’s face can’t take much more of this but Edgar is doing it anyway. Edgar tries to transition here and there, but is ultimately doing plenty of damage from full guard. The round comes to an end and it’s probably another 10-8.
Dave Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1: Branch scores an early takedown in the center of the Octagon and begins landing some nice ground-and-pound. Jotko tries to fight back from his back rather than escape. Jotko eventually gets to the fence and gets to his feet, but Branch stays on him. They separate, but not for long as Jotko comes in and scores a takedown of his own. Branch gets up quickly, and Branch has Jotko against the fence again. It’s definitely a Branch round.
Round 2: This time, it’s Jotko who comes out on the offensive. Jotko lands some nice punches and then clinches up, where he lands some knees to the thigh. Jotko lands a nice spinning back fist as they separate. Branch lands a good jab, but Jotko lands with a huge left hook. Branch scores a takedown near the end of the round, but Jotko landed a whole lot more in the round and probably took it.
Round 3: Aggression has shifted again, as Branch comes out throwing. He lands a glancing head kick, then an outside leg kick. He lands a double jab. Jotko has slowed down considerably. They clinch again and with low action, the referee breaks them up. Branch lands a takedown and Jotko doesn’t immediately get up this time. Branch looked for a choke but ultimately Jotko got back to his feet. They clinch against the cage and the referee is having none of it, separating them quickly. Jotko lands a nice knee to the body followed by a big uppercut that stuns Branch. Not enough to keep him from clinching up through to the end of the round, however.
UFC 211 full results
Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos
Women’s strawweight: Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jéssica Andrade
Welterweight: Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Featherweight: Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Middleweight: Dave Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier ruled no contest due to illegal knees
Featherweight: Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly via TKO (punches) at 0:39 of Round 3
Heavyweight: Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter via KO (elbow) at 3:36 of Round 2
Lightweight: James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes via TKO (punches) at 2:39 of Round 1
Women’s strawweight: Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benítez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28(
Light heavyweight: Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:221 of Round 1