UFC 217 is already being dubbed as one of the best UFC pay-per-view events in history as fans witnessed three new champions being crowned at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night.
It was the main event that provided arguably the biggest shock of the night, as Georges St-Pierre returned to the Octagon after four years away to defeat Michael Bisping in the third round of their fight with a rear-naked choke technical submission to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion.
Not only was this Rush's first win since November 2013, but it also made the Canadian the fourth person in UFC history to become a champion in multiple divisions alongside Randy Coutre, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor.
Both fighters didn't exactly confirm their intentions for the future, but neither one plans on retiring from MMA anytime soon. Bisping isn't retiring just yet, as he wants to have one more fight at a UFC event in the United Kingdom before calling it a day, most likely at UFC Fight Night 127 which will take place on March 17, 2018.
Following this unexpected win, GSP will likely go on to unify the UFC Middleweight Championship with the interim UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker at a later date, a fight which UFC president Dana White wants to see happen as well.
However, a certain UFC Champion has thrown his hat into the mix to possibly give White a difficult decision when booking St-Pierre's next fight, as UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley wants to meet the Canadian inside the Octagon next.
Woodley appeared to be watching the UFC 217 fight between Rush and The Count very closely, as he said last night on Twitter: "@ufc 🤔I want the winner of this fight! @GeorgesStPierre or @bisping could get these hands! Too slow with no power! #UFC217."
Following the conclusion of the fight and GSP's victory, The Chosen One continued to plead his case to be the new UFC Middleweight Champion's next opponent, as he said: "Let's go @GeorgesStPierre no more running @ufc @danawhite."
Another former champion was quick to remind him though that he has other duties in his own division to attend to first, as Rafael dos Anjos, who is currently ranked sixth in the welterweight division, replied: "Fix that shoulder and I'll see you next year, forget about GSP."
Although it won't be dos Anjos, Woodley will likely have to defend his welterweight title before he can meet GSP inside of the Octagon, which means he'll probably have a fight against the number one contender in the division, Robbie Lawler.
Both fights would be very entertaining to watch, so it will be interesting to see if UFC decides to go in this direction in the future for the new Middleweight Champion.
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