UFC 211

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UFC 211: Miocic vs dos Santos 2
UFC 211 poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 211: Miocic vs dos Santos 2.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date May 13, 2017
Venue American Airlines Center
City Dallas, Texas
Attendance 17,834[1]
Total gate $2,662,645[1]
Event chronology

UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov UFC 211: Miocic vs dos Santos 2 UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira

UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on May 13, 2017, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Background[edit]

The event was the fourth that the UFC has hosted in Dallas, following UFC 185 in March 2015, UFC 171 in March 2014, and UFC 103 in September 2009.[2]

A UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Junior dos Santos served as the main event.[3][4] The pairing met previously in December 2014 at UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic, with dos Santos winning by a close unanimous decision.[5]

In the co-featured slot, a UFC Women's Strawweight Championship bout between current champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Jéssica Andrade took place.[6][7]

A heavyweight bout between former heavyweight champion Fabrício Werdum and Ben Rothwell was originally booked for UFC 203. However, Rothwell pulled out due to a knee injury.[8] The fight was expected to take place at this event.[9] The pairing was scrapped after Rothwell was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.[10]

A welterweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Championship challenger Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal was originally targeted to headline UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov.[11] However, in late February, it was announced that the bout was moved to this event.[12]

Jarjis Danho was expected to face promotional newcomer Dmitry Poberezhets at the event. However, Danho pulled out of the fight in mid-April citing an injury.[13] He was replaced by Chase Sherman.[14] In turn, Poberezhets was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by fellow newcomer Rashad Coulter.[15]

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling and former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Henry Cejudo was expected to face Sergio Pettis at the event. However, on May 10, it was announced that Cejudo suffered a hand injury and the bout was canceled.[16]

A featherweight bout between promotional newcomers, Jared Gordon and Michel Quiñones was expected for the event. However, Gordon pulled out of the fight on the day before the event due to stomach illness and as a result, Quiñones was removed from the card.[17]

Results[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic (c) def. Junior dos Santos TKO (punches) 1 2:22 [a]
Women's Strawweight Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) def. Jéssica Andrade Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–44, 50–45) 5 5:00 [b]
Welterweight Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodríguez TKO (doctor stoppage) 2 5:00
Middleweight David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (FX)
Lightweight Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier No Contest (illegal knees) 2 4:12 [c]
Featherweight Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly TKO (punches) 3 0:39
Heavyweight Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter KO (elbow) 2 3:36
Lightweight James Vick def. Polo Reyes TKO (punches) 1 2:39
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women's Strawweight Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00 [d]
Featherweight Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benítez Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:21
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
  3. ^ Alvarez landed illegal knees to Poirier's head, who was a downed opponent.
  4. ^ The result was overturned after Casey tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, but the change was lifted as Casey's "B" sample was confirmed negative.

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Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[19]

  • Fight of the Night: Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter
  • Performance of the Night: Stipe Miocic and Jason Knight

Aftermath[edit]

On May 26, it was announced that Casey tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in an in-competition drug screen on May 13. Per the drug-test results, her testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was 5.4:1, above the 4:1 limit. Casey was suspended for three months and her win over Aguilar was overturned to a no-contest by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) due to the failure.[20] Nearly a month later, Jeff Novitzky, the UFC's VP of athlete health and performance revealed that Casey's "B" sample came back negative for banned substances and synthetic testosterone, therefore clearing her of wrongdoing both by a WADA-accredited lab and a testing laboratory hired by the TDLR. Yet Casey's case remains "still under review" by the TDLR. Novitzky urged the TDLR to reverse its decision and cautioned the promotion could steer away future UFC events from Texas if the issue isn't resolved.[21]

On June 30, the TDLR lifted Casey's three-month suspension and gave back her victory, which was overturned to a no contest.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (May 14, 2017). "UFC 211 draws announced attendance of 17,834 for $2,662,645 live gate in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  2. ^ Newswire (January 24, 2017). "UFC 211 headed for Dallas, will take place May 13". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  3. ^ Jesse Holland (January 24, 2017). "Report: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 headlines UFC 211 in Dallas". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  4. ^ Ariel Helwani (February 6, 2017). "Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 set for UFC 211". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  5. ^ Brian Knapp (December 13, 2014). "Junior dos Santos denies upset bid, decisions Stipe Miocic in UFC on Fox 13 main event". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  6. ^ Mariusz Hewelt (February 13, 2017). "Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade scheduled for UFC 211!". mmarocks.pl. Retrieved 2017-02-13.  (in Polish)
  7. ^ Jesse Holland (February 13, 2017). "UFC 211: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade set for May 13 in Dallas". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  8. ^ Steven Marrocco (August 11, 2016). "Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabricio Werdum". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  9. ^ Lucas Rezende (February 7, 2017). "Fabricio Werdum faces Ben Rothwell at UFC 211". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  10. ^ Tristen Critchfield (March 7, 2017). "UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell notified of potential anti-doping violation". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  11. ^ Staff (February 27, 2017). "Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal targeted for Nashville's UFC Fight Night 108 headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  12. ^ John Morgan (February 28, 2017). "Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal set for UFC 211 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  13. ^ Riky (April 14, 2017). "Jarjis Danho says he is out of UFC 211 fight against Dmitry Poberezhets". rikymma.de. Archived from the original on April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.  (in German)
  14. ^ Marcel Dorff (April 18, 2017). "Chase Sherman replaces injured Jarjis Danho against Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 in Dallas". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-04-18.  (in Dutch)
  15. ^ Staff (May 2, 2017). "UFC 211 gets two late fights added, including replacement, bringing card to 14 total". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  16. ^ Ariel Helwani (May 10, 2017). "UFC 211's Sergio Pettis vs. Henry Cejudo fight canceled". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  17. ^ Staff (May 12, 2017). "Jared Gordon off Saturday's UFC 211 card due to 'food poison symptoms'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  18. ^ "UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  19. ^ Staff (May 14, 2017). "UFC 211 bonuses: Nutty heavyweight brawl between Chase Sherman, Rashad Coulter gets $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  20. ^ Marc Raimondi (May 26, 2017). "Cortney Casey fails drug test at UFC 211, win against Jessica Aguilar overturned to no-contest". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  21. ^ Steven Marrocco (June 23, 2017). "Anti-doping chief: UFC may steer away from Texas after Cortney Casey cleared of wrongdoing". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-06-24. 
  22. ^ Marc Raimondi (June 30, 2017). "Texas lifts sanctions from Cortney Casey in controversial doping case". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.