The much-protracted middleweight superfight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre is now set for UFC 217

The one-again/off-again 185lbs bout is now scheduled for UFC 217 this November 4th, with the fight set to headline the UFC’s second event at Madison Square Garden, and it’s expected that the winner of the fight will then face interim champion Robert Whittaker sometime in early-mid 2018

The fight will be a championship bout, with reigning champion Bisping defending his title against the returning St-Pierre, who has not fought since November 2013, downing challenger Johnny Hendricks via controversial split decision to retain the UFC welterweight title

St-Pierre, thirty six years of age, has beaten the likes of Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, Nick Diaz and Jake Shields in his hall-of-fame-calibre career, and the French-Canadian currently holds an overall mixed martial arts record of 25-2

British middleweight champion Bisping will be looking to defend his championship for the second time since winning the belt, having defeated Dan Henderson via unanimous decision last October, while the thirty eight year old holds career wins over the likes of Brian Stann, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Cung Le and Anderson in addition to beating then-champion Luke Rockhold via first round knock out to win the 185lbs title

Thought not official yet, a second title fight is tentatively planned for UFC 217, as current women’s strawweight champion Joanna J?drzejczyk is expected to defend her title against number three-ranked Australian Rose Namajunas in what will likely be the co-headliner of the November 4th event

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh