After an initial announcement before subsequently being told they will fight different opponents, Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping are set to get their wish as the former welterweight champion has officially signed on for his return.
Taking to his Instagram account, St-Pierre confirmed that he has signed off on his UFC return and will take on middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden.
A bout between Bisping and St-Pierre had been announced by the UFC in February but no date was provided for the prospective bout. Both fighters would then go on to deal with their own health problems delaying the possibility of a fight between the two and ultimately led to UFC president Dana White publicly announcing that the once scheduled fight would not happen.
With Robert Whittaker suffering an injury whilst winning an interim middleweight title, however, the UFC would return to the Bisping – St-Pierre bout and the 185lbs title now looks set to be defended on November 4th.
St-Pierre (25-2) last fought in 2013 where he defeated Johny Hendricks in a closely contested split-decision to record his ninth title defence. GSP would go on to seemingly announce his retirement in his post-fight interview but later left the door open for a return to competition.
Bisping (30-7) meanwhile has had a late career resurgence and finally claimed the UFC’s 185lbs title after defeating Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 on short notice. Bisping would become the first UFC champion from the U.K in the process and successfully defended his title at UFC 204 in his hometown of Manchester against long-time rival Dan Henderson.