The octagon will return to Madison Square Garden in New York next month for UFC 217.
The pay-per-view fight card, which takes place November 4, will be headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring current champion Michael Bisping taking on former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre.
Michael Bisping was last seen in action at October of 2016’s UFC 204 event in Manchester where he scored a hard fought unanimous decision victory over mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson.
Prior to that, Bisping was coming off a first-round knockout victory over Luke Rockhold which earned “The Count” the UFC’s middleweight title.
As for Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight kingpin has not fought since November of 2013 where he defeated Johny Hendricks via split-decision.
“Rush” is currently riding a twelve fight win streak with includes victories over Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields and Carlos Condit.
If Georges St-Pierre can defeat Michael Bisping at UFC 217 he will become only the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold UFC titles in two different divisions. Randy Couture, BJ Penn and Conor McGregor are the only fighters in UFC history to have achieved this accomplishment.
UFC 217 includes a total of three title fights.
In the co-main event of UFC 217 bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will attempt to make his first title defense when he squares off with bitter rival and former division title holder TJ Dillashaw.
Also on the card is a women’s strawweight title fight featuring Rose Namajunas challenging long time title holder Joanna “Champion”.
Who do you think comes out victorious when Bisping and St-Pierre square off at Madison Square Garden on November 4?
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – Ferguson def. Lee via submission (triangle choke) at 3:40 of round 3
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – Johnson def. Borg via submission (armbar) at 3:15 of round 5
Fabricio Werdum vs. Walt Harris – Werdum def. Harris via submission (armbar) round 1
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria – Borella def. Faria via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:54 of round 1
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham – Dariush and Green fight to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Preliminary Card (FX 8 PM EST)
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann – Stamann def. Duquesnoy via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell – Schnell def. Beltran via decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green – Green and Vannata battle to a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez – Botelho def. Gonzalez via decision (30-27 x 3)
Preliminary Card (FIGHT PASS 6 PM EST)
Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga – Moraga def. Bibulatov via KO at 1:38 of round 1
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares – Tavares def. Leites via decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
The world is still in shock following last night’s horrifying mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 59 people dead and over 500 injured. With that said, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), who calls Las Vegas home, is doing everything they can to help the families of those affected.
The promotion released an official statement to MMAjunkie pledging their support to victims while confirming Saturday’s UFC 216 pay-per-view event will go on as planned.
“Our focus right now is on supporting the community and those affected by Sunday evening’s events,” read the statement. “UFC 216 on Saturday, October 7 at T-Mobile Arena will proceed as scheduled until further notice.”
“UFC president Dana White tells me the organization will donate $1 million to the families of those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas”
UFC 216 is headlined by an interim lightweight title fight featuring Tony Ferguson taking on Kevin Lee.
Tony Ferguson will enter the title fight sporting an impressive nine fight win streak. “El Cucuy” was most recently seen in action in November of 2016, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Ferguson has scored six stoppage victories during his current nine fight win streak.
Meanwhile, Kevin Lee is currently riding a five fight win streak, his latest being a first-round technical submission victory over Michael Chiesa this past June in Oklahoma. “The MoTown Phenom” has scored finishes in four of his past five bouts.
In the co-main event of the evening UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will look to make history by defeating Ray Borg.
If “Mighty Mouse” can defeat Borg next weekend, he will break Anderson Silva’s record by earning his eleventh straight successful title defense.
Johnson was most recently seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX event in Kansas City, where he scored a third-round submission victory over Wilson Reis.
As for Ray Borg, “The Tazmexican Devil” is currently riding a two fight win streak, scoring decision wins over Louis Smolka and most recently Jussier Formiga.