GSP vs. Bisping Back on at UFC 217 in New York

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(Georges St-Pierre/photo by Eric Gaudreault)

The on again, off again Georges St-Pierre return against Michael Bisping looks like it might finally come to fruition. Bisping, the Middleweight champ and UFC Tonight co-host announced on the show Wednesday that the bout is now official and he will defend his title against GSP at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

UFC President Dana White announced back in March that GSP would return against Bisping at some point in 2017 but no solid date was announced. After GSP later stated that he could not fight until November due to “prior commitments” the bout was abandoned and Bisping was then slated to fight Yoel Romero before a knee injury sidelined Bisping and St-Pierre also revealed that it was an eye injury that was keeping him out of action. Recently it was announced that GSP would challenge the winner of this past weekend’s Welterweight Title Fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia although once again plans changed when White was displeased with Woodley’s lackluster decision win which brings us full circle back to the original plan barring anymore unforeseen circumstances.

By the time fight night rolls around it will have been just short of four years since Georges St-Pierre last set foot inside the Octagon and he will fight outside the Welterweight division for the first time in his MMA career. Prior to stepping away from the sport St-Pierre made his ninth straight Welterweight title defense in a razor thin decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. St-Pierre holds a record of 25-2 overall with his only losses coming to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, both of which he would later avenge.
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The Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is a perfect example of what can happen if you’re dedicated and work your ass off to climb to the top. Bisping won the Light-Heavyweight tournament on The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 back in 2006. Bisping has gone on to post a 20-7 record inside the Octagon and finally earned his first Middleweight title shot last year and cashed in with a huge upset KO over champion Luke Rockhold. Bisping most recently defended his title with a unanimous decision victory over long time rival Dan Henderson.

Both St-Pierre and Bisping have been very outspoken against the use of PED’s in mixed martial arts with GSP stating that this was the reason he went on his extended hiatus and Bisping being vocal about his many past opponents who have admitted to or been caught using PED’s or utilizing TRT.

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