UFC 217 is gonna be a firework show.
UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is slated to defend his title against former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the main event of the upcoming UFC 217 PPV.
Bisping has been competing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2004, but come this November, we may be witnessing the end of Bisping career.
On the flip side, “GSP” has made it clear that although he may say that he’s mentally rejuvenated, he is holding himself to do-or-die standards, which makes him feel that his fight with Bisping a “win or go home” scenario. He has gone on record by saying that his next loss will be his retirement fight.
Bisping has longtime been a contender in the UFC’s middleweight division but was never quite able to get past the title eliminator stage on several occasions.
Up until he earned the shot to step in as a late-notice replacement for Chris Weidman to take on Luke Rockhold for the middleweight championship.
As seen in the fight, Bisping shocked the MMA world when he downed the Rockhold in the first round with a knockout to win his first career UFC title.
This big win marked Bisping’s fourth-straight victory at the time. He would go onto to defend the title successfully for the first time against longtime rival Dan Henderson last October.
If you recall, during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s show, The MMA Hour, Bisping stated that this could quite possibly be the final fight of his career. The former UFC welterweight champion has vowed to retire Bisping after this fight.
“I’m back now,” St-Pierre told reporters at yesterday’s UFC 217 news conference. “There is no other place I want to be than where I am right now. It’s the calm before the storm,” St-Pierre said. “He’s got a big mouth. … If he wants to waste his energy like this, it’s all good. I’ve got one goal in mind, and that’s it.”
“I will retire him,” St-Pierre said. “You’re going to be beaten by a history teacher on Saturday.”
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.