Michael Bisping: Fight vs. GSP at UFC 217 Is Finally OFFICIAL

georges st-pierre challenges michael bisping to fight november 4 at madison square garden

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According to Michael Bisping, the long-rumored fight between him and George St-Pierre is finally official. The two UFC legends will square off for the UFC middleweight title on November 4 at Madison Square Garden at UFC 217.

Last week UFC president Dana White said he intended to book the fight, but the UFC has not made an official announcement. Instead, Bisping confirmed the fight on UFC Tonight on Wednesday.

“This is actually the third time I’ve been offered this fight, so the ship’s sailed twice,” Bisping said. “On this occasion, the third occasion, it set off sailing but did a U-turn and pulled up at New York City.

“I’ve got a chirpy little Englishman who’s going to fight Georges St-Pierre, Madison Square Garden, Nov. 4. It is official. Put it in your diaries. Do not miss it. We’re taking over.”

This fight has been in the works since GSP announced he was coming out of retirement last summer. For a number of reasons, it has vacillated back and forth between “sure thing” and “long shot.”

Most recently, after Robert Whittaker won the interim middleweight title at UFC 213 last month, it looked like Bisping was going to have to accept a fight against him. However, it turns out that Whittaker is dealing with a knee injury, which re-opened the door to Bisping vs. GSP.

While this is an unfortunate turn of events for Robert Whittaker, who now has to wait even longer for a shot at the UFC middleweight title, it’s ultimately best for the UFC. Georges St-Pierre has long been one of the UFC’s biggest draws, and Bisping vs. GSP is the fight fans most want to see.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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