Georges St. Pierre will finally step back into the octagon after an almost four year layoff when he faces Michael Bisping. on Nov. 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The two have been linked to a fight since earlier this year but after a few starts and stops the bout is finally official for the mega-card in NYC.
GSP posted a picture of himself signing the UFC 217 contract earlier this week on his Twitter account.
Finally signing my UFC 217 Bout Agreement vs. Michael Bisping for Nov. 4th at MSG – Get ready for a big night in NYC!!! pic.twitter.com/VgqIVnsLwv
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) August 9, 2017
It will be interesting to see how St. Pierre does in his return to the UFC. In his last outing he won a controversial decision against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 that left him battered and bruised. Now at 36 years of age he will go up a weight class to fight Michael Bisping who has hasn’t competed since last October when he beat Dan Henderson.
The GSP-Bisping fight hasn’t been that popular with fans since it was rumored earlier this year. Bisping has only defended his UFC middleweight title once against an aging Dan Henderson. Now he’s facing an older GSP who never even fought at 185 pounds. It can be argued since the new interim middleweight champ, Robert Whittaker is out with a knee injury that Bisping should fight Luke Rockhold or Yoel Romero for the belt. Anderson Silva is also coming off a win and many believe he got screwed when he lost a controversial decision against Bisping two years ago.
Speaking of “The Spider” the biggest fight the UFC could make is Anderson Silva vs St. Pierre. It was talked about for years but never materialized. The two men dominated their weight classes and cleaned out their divisions twice. Silva vs GSP could be the biggest fight ever done by the UFC but there seems no interest from St. Pierre or Dana White despite GSP’s willingness to fight at 185 pounds now.
In addition to GSP vs Bisping at UFC 217 we will finally get to see the grudge match between TJ Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt. Those two have been at each other’s throats ever since Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male two years ago. No other fights have been confirmed but you can bet Dana White will stack his second ever MSG card with a lot of big names and guys who will draw eyeballs to the product in the largest market in the United States.