Bisping vs GSP To Headline UFC's Return To New York City

Published on August 1st, 2017 1:38 pm EST

After a great deal of back and forth and "ships sailing" and then returning, the Middleweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Michael Bisping has now seemingly been set.

According to the champion himself, Michael Bisping, UFC President Dana White called in the aftermath of UFC 214 and proclaimed that Bisping would be defending his title against GSP on November 4th, 2017. This is the date of the promotion's return to Madison Square Garden, which makes it one of the biggest cards of the year.

Bisping vs St. Pierre is one of the biggest possible fights that the UFC could put together right now, so it is extremely likely that this fight will headline the card.

Both Bisping and St. Pierre had been campaigning for this fight in recent months. It was originally thought that Robert Whittaker would be challenging Bisping for the title next, though he is currently sidelined with an injury, which has opened the door for St. Pierre.


The Bisping vs GSP fight was on, then it was off, and then it was back on again.

The UFC held a press conference to promote Bisping vs St. Pierre, and there were rumors that the fight would take place in July.

St. Pierre had other ideas, however, as he would put out a video saying that he wouldn't be ready to fight until November at the earliest.

This enraged the UFC, as they were clearly hoping to do the fight earlier. Dana White announced that the fight had been cancelled and that Bisping would be defending against the winner of Romero/Whittaker, though many believed that the St. Pierre vs Bisping fight would end up happening, given the stature of the two men involved. It would have been hard to deny Bisping and GSP this fight, given their collective drawing power and status within the promotion.

St. Pierre was originally going to take on the winner of Maia/Woodley, though Dana White elected to give St. Pierre the Middleweight title shot following Woodley's lacklustre performance at UFC 214. White clearly did not want to reward Woodley once again by giving him the St. Pierre fight.


So - after all of that, we are right back to where we began - Michael Bisping vs Georges St. Pierre for the Middleweight title.