UFC 217: Fight Card, Bisping vs St-Pierre, MMA fight: Three UFC world titles will be at stake on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Georges St-Pierre returns to the Octagon after a four-year absence to challenge Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. In the co-main event, UFC men’s bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will defend his title against former teammate turned bitter rival, TJ Dillashaw.
Also, Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her strawweight title on the line against Rose Namajunas. Here are the 10 things you should know about UFC 217.
Card, Odds, Picks, TV Info And DraftKings Advice
UFC Fight Pass Prelims – 7pm ET
Fox Sports 1 Prelims – 8pm ET
PPV Main Card – 10pm ET
Former UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks has notoriously struggled to make weight for his fights, but he got the monkey off his back ahead of an all-important main card scrap with explosive Brazilian Paulo Costa.
Every fighter on the card made weight. Here is a look at all of the weigh-in results.
Michael Bisping (184.6) vs. Georges St-Pierre (184.4) – for middleweight title
Cody Garbrandt (135) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (134.8) – for bantamweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (115) vs. Rose Namajunas (114) – for women’s strawweight title
Jorge Masvidal (171) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.4)
Paulo Costa (185.8) vs. Johny Hendricks (185.8)
Joseph Duffy (155.4) vs. James Vick (155.2)
Mark Godbeer (244) vs. Walt Harris (251.8)
Corey Anderson (205.4) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (205)
Randy Brown (170.8) vs. Mickey Gall (169.8)
Curtis Blaydes (258.8) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (246.2)
Ion Cutelaba (205.6) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (205.2) – CANCELLED BOUT
Ricardo Ramos (135.4) vs. Aiemann Zahabi (135.2)
Ion Cutelaba Tested Positive For a Banned Substance and is Off the Card
Many fans were excited to see Ion Cutelaba take on Michal Oleksiejczuk on Saturday’s early prelims, but that fight has been canceled. Cutelaba was flagged for a potential doping violation and no replacement was named to face Oleksiejczuk.
UFC History in NY and at Madison Square Garden
UFC 217 marks the seventh time the UFC will promote an event in the state of New York and just the second time the promotion will be featured at Madison Square Garden.
This will mark the third time Queens native Randy Brown has performed for the UFC in front of New York MMA fans. Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk have all fought on previous New York UFC cards.
Five fighters come into Saturday’s event undefeated. Champions Garbrandt (11-0) and Jedrzejczyk (14-0) have never tasted defeat as professionals. Also, Paulo Costa (10-0), Aiemann Zahabi (7-0) and Mickey Gall (4-0) are the other undefeated fighters.
Half of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete are ranked. Ironically, Bisping is the only ranked fighter or champion not paired against a ranked opponent. Georges St-Pierre is no ordinary unranked fighter. The future Hall of Famer may not have fought in the past four years, but he’s won his last 12 fights dating back to 2007. In case you were unaware why this fight was a big deal, that’s part of the reason.
Losing Streaks? None.
How stacked is UFC 217 on paper? Not one fighter on the card is on a losing streak. A few have lost their last bouts and Stephen Thompson has a loss and a draw in his last two fights, but none of the fighters are on the complete skids.
There’s something about the Randy Brown vs. Gall fight that intrigues me. Gall has made a name for himself against popular, but inexperienced fighters. It’s going to be interesting to see what he does in The Octagon against an athletic and dangerous veteran like Brown.
We could learn if Gall is for real during this fight.
Jorge Masvidal Thinks He Gets a Title Shot if He Beats Wonderboy
There’s no question in my mind Jorge Masvidal is one of the four or five best welterweights in the world, but according to Gamebred, he needs to beat Thompson to secure a title shot. I’m not sure if he’s been promised that opportunity, but it doesn’t seem far-fetched.
He comes into the battle with the No.2-ranked Thompson at No. 4 in the 170-pound division. Masvidal has yet to get his shot at the gold, and this could be his opportunity.
A Potential Announcement For UFC 219 Main Event Could Happen
UFC 219 is less than two months away. There are already eight fights signed, but there is no main event announced. Don’t be surprised if Saturday is the day we find out which fight will headline the final show of the year for the UFC.
On Friday, EA Sports announced the details for the upcoming EA UFC 3. The game releases on February 3 for PS4 and Xbox One. Expect to see and hear a good number of advertisements for the game during the UFC 217 broadcast.