Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre Set for UFC 217
Bisping vs St-Pierre UFC Fight Preview
The long wait may finally be over as White confirmed reports earlier last week that the former UFC welterweight champion is officially ending his near four-year retirement. St-Pierre stepped down from the UFC late in 2013 following a controversial title defense against Johny Hendricks. In those four years, the UFC underwent drastic changes including a new sponsorship deal with Reebok and USADA drug testing. Bisping, on the other hand, became the champion in epic fashion.
|Georges St-Pierre vs Michael Bisping|
White hopes to schedule the superfight sometime around UFC 217 on November 4 in the promotion's return to New York City. With Conor McGregor's status still in limbo, this fight will be the biggest fight the UFC can book for the iconic Madison Square Garden. Bisping and GSP don't have the same pull as McGregor but the Briton is an expert at fight promotion while St-Pierre's return is sure to make some mainstream headlines especially since he retired in his prime.
There are not that many details in regards to the fight but it is expected to take place at 185 and could be for Bisping's middleweight title. GSP is essentially looking to become a two-division UFC champion and could only be the fourth fighter to accomplish this feat. The Tristar fighter has only fought at welterweight his whole career and talks of fighting Anderson Silva in the past never came close to anything. But following a lengthy absence and a familiar foe, St-Pierre is making the jump.
With St-Pierre however, it is never a sure thing. The Canadian was supposed to return this summer but it was delayed because of an eye injury and the USADA drug testing could throw another wrench in the UFC's gears. Bisping then elected to have surgery on his knee and seemingly waited on GSP as Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero fought for the interim middleweight title. The Count has only defended the belt once since winning it last summer and hasn't fought close to a year.
Bisping or St-Pierre: Who's Your Pick?
Bisping opened as a +130 underdog against St-Pierre (-160) and so far the public has put money on the Brit for good reason. Bisping is the bigger fighter having fought as a light heavyweight.
He is also notoriously hard to take down as NCAA Division I wrestlers like Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson found out. Bisping is also on the hottest streak of his career having won five in a row including wins over Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold, whom he won the belt from.
St-Pierre, on the other hand, might have ring rust as he hasn't fought competitively in almost four years. He also hasn't fought as a middleweight and adding that extra weight may take a period of adjustment as McGregor found out in his welterweight bout.
It's also hard to say what St-Pierre's motivation is but anything less than the old obsessed St-Pierre won't do against possibly the toughest fight of his career. Bisping is a tough fight for any style and he'll be even tougher now that he's the champion.
The beauty about the UFC is how unpredictable it is. This may seem like bad news for chalk bettors who want to make a quick buck on "sure bets" but there is plenty of profit to be made on underdogs as well. Canadians can access online betting sites to check out the latest UFC odds and news. Fights like these are unique and offer plenty of entertainment and betting value. Signup bonuses are also available for new players making it fun and easy to get into MMA betting.
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