UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden promises to be the card of the year, stacked from top to bottom.
The return of Georges Saint-Pierre is one keenly anticipated by all MMA fans. Since re-signing with the UFC back in February, it feels like we have been waiting a lifetime to see the former king of the welterweight division back in the octagon. Throw it back even further to 2013, the last time we have seen GSP in action – that night when he took on Johnny Hendricks before announcing his shock sudden sabbatical from the sport, it feels like an eternity.
While he was away, the sport of mixed martial arts has evolved rapidly. Questions of Saint-Pierre are aplenty ahead of November 4th.
The fact that he has skipped the queue of an entire division in which he has never fought before for an immediate title shot has gotten under the skin of many a middleweight. Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and interim champ Robert Whittaker are a few who will feel aggrieved that the Canadian legend gets a crack at Michael Bisping’s throne before they do.
Moving on to the champion who has stated that this may be his last fight before retirement, he is doing his level best to sell this fight. While GSP was traditionally the top pay-per-view attraction the UFC had before he departed the scene, Bisping is no stranger to what it takes to make people want to tune in and watch a fight. The trash talk has been relentless since the official bout announcement on ‘The Count’s’ behalf and as fight week draws ever closer with a media tour in the works, that is set to only intensify.
That’s not to even mention the cracking co-main event grudge match between former teammates Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw with the bantamweight title on the line.
This is one that UFC fans will not want to miss…