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Georges St-Pierre put an exclamation point on a wild night at UFC 217 Saturday, becoming the new middleweight champion with a submission victory over Michael Bisping.

After splitting the first two rounds, the former welterweight titleholder locked in a rear-naked choke thanks to his strong wrestling base, becoming the latest multi-division champion in UFC history.

St-Pierre, who vacated the welterweight title almost four years ago and stepped away from MMA, joins BJ Penn, Randy Couture and Conor McGregor as the only men in UFC history to wear gold in two weight classes.

T.J. Dillashaw returned to the top of the bantamweight mountain, finishing Cody Garbrandt in the second round to win the belt. Dillashaw is now a two-time champion in the UFC, but this one means a little more.

Dillashaw and Garbrandt were once teammates at Team Alpha Male before Dillashaw left the crew. The two have gone back-and-forth for months, including a stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

Garbrandt, unbeaten coming into the night, appeared to be in good shape early on, flooring Dillashaw at the end of the first round. The challenger, though, returned fire in the second, securing the stoppage.

The second time was the charm for Rose Namajunas, as the former Ultimate Fighter runner-up earned a first round TKO victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title.

Namajunas made the finals of TUF, but was denied the belt by Carla Esparza. This time, she was the one getting her hand raised, dealing Jedrzejczyk her first career loss in the process.

Former UFC title contender Stephen Thompson claimed a decision vs. Jorge Masvidal. Thompson was fighting for the first time since dropping a decision to Tyron Woodley back in March for the belt.

Paulo Costa scored the biggest win of his career to date, finishing former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. The referee stopped the middleweight contest at 1:34 of the second round, awarding the Brazilian the win.

A recap of the prelims is on the next page:

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Ryan Bader successfully defended his Bellator light heavyweight championship Friday night, finishing Linton Vassell in the main event of Bellator 186.

The event took place from the campus of Penn State University and aired live on Spike.

Bader secured the finish when he brought Vassell to the ground, pounding on him to force the referee to step in at 3:58.

In the co-main event, Ilima-Lei MacFarlane submitted Emily Ducote in the fifth round to become the first-ever Bellator female flyweight champion.

Former PSU wrestlers Phil Davis and Ed Ruth each picked up wins on the main card.

Complete results are below:

Ryan Bader def. Linton Vassell via TKO (ground-and-pound) at 3:58 of Round 2 to remain Bellator light heavyweight champion

Ilima Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via submission (armbar) at 3:42 of Round 5 to become Bellator female flyweight champion

Phil Davis def. Leo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via KO (strike) at :27 of Round 2

Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (strikes) at 1:07 of Round 1

Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of Round 2

Mike Trizano def. Mike Otwell via submission (D’Arce choke) at 2:07 of Round 2

Dominic Mazzotta def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:37 of Round 1

Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Tywan Claxton def. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman via KO (flying knee) at 1:29 of Round 1

Frank Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:25 of Round 2

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping prepares for a unique title defense against longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who is coming out of retirement after four years.

Bitter rivals and onetime teammates Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw will at last clash for the belt that Garbrandt now holds and that Dillashaw once wore.

And dominant strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk readies for her next challenge in the form of unflappable former title challenger Rose Namajunas.

Go inside the lives and gyms of these six athletes as they train to compete at the UFC’s historic return to Madison Square Garden in this edition of “Countdown.”

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Joe Soto has worked from the ground up at every stop in his career, so why would his UFC run be any different.

Soto has won three consecutive fights, including two via submission, and heads into a December 1 meeting at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale with Brett Johns feeling confident once more.

In Mach, Soto (18-5) topped Rani Yahya in Brazil following wins in Mexico over Marco Beltran and Canada vs. Chris Beal.

“Being on a three-fight win streak and just beating Rani, who was ranked No. 14 in the world, I feel like I’m back on track and up there with the top guys in the world,” Soto told FightLine in a recent interview. “Training has been great, just trying to improve my game everywhere. I’ve been constantly trying to improve my techniques and be dangerous from every position.

“I was pleased with the win. Anytime you get a victory and suffer no serious injury, you gotta be happy. Obviously I would of liked to have finished Yahya, but that’s why we go back to practice and try to improve.”

Between practice sessions and fights, Soto has been learning at home. Along with his wife, Rocio, the couple have two children.

“Having a family has had a big impact on my perspective of life and fighting,” Soto said. “I’ve realized fighting isn’t everything. And there’s more to life.

“But having a family to provide for has also given me more motivation to work hard and to push through the tough moments in the cage.”

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Soto captured the Bellator featherweight title back in 2009, winning a tournament to become the first holder of the belt. After defeating Wilson Reis in the semifinals, be bested Yahir Reyes in the finals.

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Soto won his first nine pro fights, including eight via finish before a loss to Joe Warren in 2010. A year later, he decided to move up to bantamweight and won six in a row to earn his shot in the UFC.

Scheduled for a fight on the prelims of UFC 177, Soto took a fight with TJ Dillashaw for the UFC title that day the event went down, battling Dillashaw to the fifth round.

“I have no regrets (in my career),” he said. “I’ve always done everything I’ve wanted and I’ve always gave it my best in and out of the cage.”

He is also a former Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion and was a runner-up and third-place finisher for Iowa Central Community College at the NJCAA Wrestling Championships.

ufc fight night 119

Derek Brunson spoiled the return to the Octagon for Lyoto Machida, knocking the former champion out Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 119.

In a back-and-forth first round, it was Brunson connecting with a huge shot that floored “The Dragon.” Machida was making his return to action after a drug suspension, fighting for the first time in two years.

The card took place from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil with bouts airing live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the co-main event, Colby Covington entered hostile territory and dominated recent UFC welterweight title contender Demian Maia, scoring a decision.

The win was the fifth in the row for Covington, pushing his overall mark to 13-1.

Pedro Munhoz kept his name on the short list of bantamweight title contenders, submitting Rob Font in the first round. Thiago Santos also scored a main card finish, besting Jack Hermansson.

Francisco Trinaldo and John Lineker earned decisions over Jim Miller and Marlon Vera.

On the prelims, Vicente Luque, Antonio Carlos Junior and Marcelo Golm all picked up submission wins, with Jared Gordon, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Deiveson Figueiredo claiming victories via decision.

Results can be found on the following page:

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