After a four-year layoff, former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2) will make his return to the octagon at middleweight on Nov. 4 when he challenges Michael Bisping (30-7) for his 185-pound title in the UFC 217 main event. St-Pierre announced the bout on social media this week.
UFC 217 will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.
St-Pierre last fought in Nov. 2013 when he won a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks. The bout earned “Fight of the Night” honors and it was GSP’s ninth consecutive title defense. He later vacated the belt and stepped away from the sport citing the need for more stringent drug testing among the athletes.
Prior to the win over Hendricks, the 36-year-old Canadian had won a unanimous decision over Nick Diaz in March 2013 and a unanimous decision over Carlos Condit the previous November. With 25 career wins on his resume, St-Pierre has finished eight by knockout and five by submission.
The last time GSP lost was in April 2007 when Matt Serra stopped him via TKO at UFC 69 for the welterweight championship. He redeemed himself with a TKO win over Serra a year later. UFC 217 will mark St-Pierre’s first fight at 185-pounds.
Bisping is currently riding a five-fight winning streak. The 38-year-old Brit claimed the middleweight title by knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in June 2016. He then returned four months later at UFC 204 with a unanimous decision over Dan Henderson in his first title defense.
Bisping also previously scored decision wins over CB Dollaway, Thales Leites and Anderson Silva on his current run. “The Count” has finished 16 of his 30 career wins via knockout and four by submission.
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