Fans are just waiting for UFC 217 to happen.
Last weekend, longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan made headlines when he said that UFC 217 isn’t selling well. UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping vs. former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for the UFC middleweight title is expected to serve as the main event.
Although this may or may not be true, it doesn’t seem to bother St-Pierre, who has not fought inside the world famous octagon since scoring a controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013.
UFC 217 is set to take place on Saturday, November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title is expected to serve as the co-main event. Rounding out this stacked five bout main card is Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas in a strawweight title bout, Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight bout, and Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Borrachinha in a middleweight bout.
When asked about it during a recent media day in Montreal, GSP said that he cares more about winning the fight than he does about the money and the recognition:
“I do not focus on that,” St-Pierre today told MMAjunkie. “I don’t even care. I don’t care. I would rather make zero dollars and win my fight than make $10 million and lose my fight. This is my word, and I swear it’s true. It’s always been like that, even when I was poor. I want to win, and I don’t care about (money or recognition). They’re going to know me after I win.”
As one of the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draws in the history of the sport, St-Pierre will be well-compensated, but given his competitive nature, his comments don’t seem too far-fetched.
“I want to win the title,” St-Pierre said. “I’m happy that I got everything lined up for a fight and it’s the best training I can do and lifestyle and everything. I’m happy to be here. I’m very scared and stressed and afraid to fail, but that feeling makes me better. I’m happy to be here.”
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