UFC 217 has shaped up to an incredible card from top to bottom. The headlining fights are the ones that will have people plunking down their hard earned dollars to catch the action on pay-per-view.
With so much build up to the fight, it’s hard to look anywhere but the top. Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre are the main draw, with St-Pierre coming out of an extended four-year hiatus for this fight. Bisping claims he’ll put the “fatter, slower” Canadian down with ease, going so far as to say that St-Pierre is only coming out of retirement to face Bisping because he believes he can take him to the ground and beat him there.
St-Pierre has remained unimpressed, but questions exist whether he is interested in sticking around to defend the title if he manages to win it.
There has been plenty of track talk ahead of this fight, and these two fighters know each other well. They trained together some 12 years ago, which if you ask Bisping, is the reason St-Pierre believes he’s capable of winning their fight.
“He’s going to jab, try to take me down. Why? Because we trained together a long time ago and he outwrestled me back then, but that was 12 years ago. But that’s what he thinks is going to happen,”
With all the build up leading to this fight, it might have been enough to post some impressive PPV figures on its own. But paired with several other marquee fights on the slate, and UFC 217 has the makings of a special event.
Cody Garbrandt will defend his bantamweight title against former training partner TJ Dillashaw. The budding young rivalry has blossomed, and these two fighters know each other as you possibly know your opponent. It will come down to execution.
Rounding out the trio of title fights is Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her women’s strawweight belt against top contender Rose Namajunas.
UFC 217 will be live from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on Nov. 4, 2017