It’s finally time for George St-Pierre to re-enter the octagon, at it looks like it will be against Michael Bisping. On November 4th at UFC 217 in New York City, one of the greatest ever re-enters the ring.
So how did this match come about? After months of deliberation, it was stated Bisping would not take the fight. In response to this, President Dana White said whoever won the UFC 214 match up between Damian Maia and champ Tyron Woodley would face returning St-Pierre. After the fight set a record for the fewest strikes landed, White then back tracked on that and announced Bisping v. St-Pierre was back on.
George “Rush” St-Pierre comes bad with a 25-2 record in tow. His last fight, UFC 167 against Johny Hendricks, was a rough one on the then-32-year-old. He took a beating but ended up retaining his championship in a split decision. 4 years have passed, and one has to wonder what kind of shape he will come back in. Though if Jon Jones’ victory after a 3-year hiatus is any indication, he may fare alright.
Michael Bisping also comes in having not fought in over a year, winning his UFC 204 match against Dan Henderson by unanimous decision. The 38-year-old Englishman has gone 31-7 in his professional career and currently retains the Middleweight title.
Dana White also announced the winner of this fight will go on to face the reigning Welterweight champion.
With this fight previous scheduled for UFC 213 before St-Pierre announced he couldn’t make the additional 15-pound weight limit, the match was rescheduled for November. On metrics, “Rush” and “The Count” are identical, with Bisping standing 2 inches taller being the only difference.
With the year of returning stars continuing along, how will St-Pierre perform in 2017? I’m very excited to find out.