It has been over three years since Georges St-Pierre entered the Octagon, but we now know who the former welterweight champion will face in his return to the UFC. GSP will face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217 on November 4, 2017.
Online book Sportsbook opened the odds just hours after the original announcement with GSP as a slight -130 fave and Bisping coming back at EVEN money. Since then, the fight has been postponed, then potentially scrapped, then rescheduled for UFC 217. Through all the madness, odds were taken down but re-released on August 1, with GSP at -150 and Bisping at +120.
GSP walked away from the sport in 2013, citing wear and tear from competing at such a high level for so long. St-Pierre won his past 12 fights, with seven of his last eight going 25 minutes. One of the best mixed martial artists to ever grace the sport, GSP has proven that he can dominate an opponent in any facet. However, he preferred to work the takedown and suffocate his opponent, especially after his upset loss to Matt Serra.
A lot has changed since GSP has left and that includes then-journeyman Bisping becoming the middleweight champion following a shocking, short-notice victory over Luke Rockhold. Generally speaking, Bisping also looks to wear down opponents but does so with a volume-based striking attack. His takedown defense has been stellar, but it will be put to the test against GSP.