UFC 217: Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre


 

UFC 217: Bisping vs St-Pierre

UFC 217 will be headlined by the middleweight title fight pitting Michael Bisping against the returning Georges St-Pierre. In the bantamweight championship co-main event, Cody Garbrandt looks to settle his grudge match with former teammate TJ Dillashaw.

Michael Bisping has accomplished a lot over the course of his 12-year run in the UFC.

Whether it’s his TUF 3 triumph, or tying the UFC record for most overall wins, or the late-career resurgence that carried him to the middleweight title, Bisping has remained a fixture at the highest levels of the sport for longer than nearly all of his contemporaries from MMA’s boom period. So with his Nov. 4 showdown against Georges St-Pierre looming — a matchup that’s exactly the type of blockbuster moneymaker that always eluded him — Bisping believes there’s a chance UFC 217 could spell the perfect end to his career.

“It’s an iconic arena, it’s a big fight,” Bisping said Monday on a special 400th edition of The MMA Hour. “It’s Georges St-Pierre. Everybody knows who Georges St-Pierre is. There’s not many people who have crossed over from the MMA fanbase into the mainstream, and Georges, I’d say he’s there. Maybe not as much as, say, a Conor (McGregor) or a Ronda (Rousey), but he’s not far behind, so it’s a big fight. And Georges brings a lot to the table. He’s a tough challenge, and as a said, it’s a big fight. I think this is going to be the biggest MMA fight of the year. There’s three title fights on the event, so it’s a huge event.

“And yeah, I think the career I’ve had, the years I’ve been in the UFC, the injuries I’ve had, the ups and downs, getting close to title fights and all of this, there’s a possibility — this might be my last ever fight. I don’t know if I’ll fight again after this. So, what a way to go out if it is.”

Bisping said his retirement has been a topic of discussion within his family since before his 2016 title shot against Rockhold. He said his wife wanted him to retire “win or lose” after that fight, but once he won the belt, he took that option off the table. But now, as Bisping inches closer to 40 years old and the opportunities available to him outside the fight game continue to grow, it’s a discussion he’s revisited ahead of UFC 217.

 

 

 

 

UFC 217 Bisping vs St-Pierre
When: November 4, 2017
Where: New York, NY

 

MAIN CARD

Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre

UNDERCARD

Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas
Stephen Thompson vs Jorge Masvidal
James Vick vs Joe Duffy

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