The next big upcoming event in this year’s Ultimate Fighting Championship – or UFC for short – is bout 217, which is scheduled to take place on November 4th. The venue for this event will be Madison Square Garden in New York and, although there will be twelve fights on the card over the course of the night, there is no doubt that the battle between Michael Bisping and Georges St Pierre is the one that everyone is waiting for. So which of these two fighters is likely to come out on top at the end of the bout?
This is definitely the biggest event of UFC 2017, with a number of really exciting bouts on the card, but Bisping vs. St Pierre is still the main draw. It is a middleweight fight, and curiously it comes at a time when neither fighter is in the best shape of his UFC career. St Pierre has not fought in the UFC for four years now, which has surely got to make him somewhat ring rusty going into this bout, while Bisping has only been fighting sporadically himself. Thus, we are not likely to witness a fight between two cutting edge opponents, but we are surely poised to get an intriguing spectacle nonetheless. These two have never fought each other before, despite pretty lengthy careers in the UFC, which only adds to the speculation about which of them will emerge triumphant. When it comes to their competitive records, St Pierre perhaps has the slight edge, with 25 wins and 2 losses, compared with Bisping’s 30 wins and 7 losses, but it is not so superior as to serve as a guarantee of victory for the former. St Pierre is also considered by many to be one of the UFC’s finest ever fighters, and victory over Bisping would make him only the fourth fighter in the history of the sport to be holder of two division titles at the same time – which would surely put his greatness beyond dispute. That has got to be a powerful motivator for him, but Bisping will know that beating St Pierre – alongside his earlier victory over Anderson Silva – would make him a contender for the hall of fame too. He does not have the fighting skills of St Pierre, and is prone to making mistakes, but he will be up against a man who has been out of the ring for a long time. Despite his long absence from the ring, the bookmakers have St Pierre as slight odds-on favourite for this one – on 8/11, while Bisping is rated 6/5 for the win. As these odds show, it is a tough one to call for all of the reasons mentioned above, but you can always see how things are shaping up in the weeks ahead before betting and play a fighting themed slot game like the official UFC slot in the meantime.
It really is difficult to say which of these fighters will win the title, but we suspect that the bookies may have called this one wrong. Despite his superior talent, St Pierre has spent too long on the sidelines and Bisping will have the edge in terms of sharpness.