UFC 217 Bisping vs St-Pierre is held on November 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event follows a historic UFC 205 Alvarez vs McGregor held last year.
A five-round middleweight championship headlines the show. The current title holder out of the UK Michael Bisping is up against MMA legend out of Canada George St-Pierre in defense of the belt. On Wednesday the organization announced six other bouts featured on the card.
Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt puts his belt on the line when he faces his former teammate and rival Ultimate Fighter coach TJ Dillashaw. The bout serves as the co-main event.
Undefeated in 11 bouts Garbrandt won the belt against Dominick Cruz in December 2016. Earlier in his career he defeated the likes of Takeya Mizugaki, Thomas Almeida, among others.
Dillashaw (14–3) is a former champion in the division who is coming out of two victories against John Lineker and Raphael Assuncao. He won the title against Renan Barao in 2014, but then lost to Dominick Cruz last year.
Also on the card a middleweight bout between Johny Hendricks and Paulo Borrachinha. As well, Aleksei Oleinik battles out against Curtis Blaydes at heavyweight, and Aiemann Zahabi takes on Ricardo Ramos at bantamweight.
In addition two light heavyweight match ups were announced. Corey Anderson goes up against Patrick Cummins, and Gadzhimurad Antigulov squares off with Ion Cutelaba.
Early August MMA Today reported that UFC women’s strawweight champion “Joanna Jedrzejczyk is being targeted to defend her title for the sixth time against Rose Namajunas” at MSG. To date a formal UFC announcement hasn’t been made.
The current UFC 217 fight card looks as the following:
Middleweight Michael Bisping (c) vs. Georges St-Pierre
Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Middleweight Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Light heavyweight Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
Light heavyweight Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Bantamweight Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi