THREE TITLE FIGHTS & THE RETURN OF A LEGEND AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Las Vegas – The historic Madison Square Garden will once again play host to a mammoth event when the Octagon touches down in New York City on Saturday, Nov. 4 for UFC 217. The main event features middleweight champion Michael Bisping defending his world title against future Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre and in the co-main event, the bad blood will finally come to a halt when bantamweight kingpin Cody Garbrandt puts his title on the line against rival TJ Dillashaw. Plus, Joanna Jedrzejczyk hopes to make history when she looks to defend her strawweight title for the sixth time against Rose Namajunas. The event airs live on Pay-Per-View.
Bisping is one of the most polarizing figures in UFC history. His 20 Octagon wins are the most in UFC history, and coupled with his brash, in your face trash talk and his ability to back it up, the 185-pound champion has become a must-see every time he competes. In what could be his most intriguing matchup to date, he’ll welcome one of the most celebrated mixed martial artists of all-time back to competition when he meets St-Pierre. One of the most dominant champions ever, St-Pierre will move up from 170 pounds to challenge for the middleweight title, hoping to become only the fourth fighter to win UFC titles in two divisions (Conor McGregor, Randy Couture, BJ Penn). With wins over Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, BJ Penn and Matt Hughes, GSP has beaten a who’s who of MMA in the last decade.
In the co-main event, newly minted 135-pound champion Garbrandt will put his undefeated record and world title on the line against former teammate and current nemesis Dillashaw. Garbrandt packs one of the most powerful punches in the division and has nine wins by knockout – seven in the first round. Coming off a dominant victory over Dominick Cruz to win the belt, the 26-year-old has his sights set on another former champion in Dillashaw. Looking to regain the title he feels is rightfully his, Dillashaw is one of the most athletic and dynamic athletes in the sport. He has six knockouts and three submissions and wins over the likes of John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and Renan Barao on his resume. When these two finally clash, there will be more than a world title on the line, as bragging rights will go to the victor at the end of arguably the most publicized feud in UFC history.
Plus, Jedrzejczyk has the chance to tie Ronda Rousey’s record of six consecutive successful title defenses in the women’s divisions of the UFC with a win over Namajunas. A multiple-time world Muay Thai champion, Jedrzejczyk is considered to have one of the best striking attacks in MMA, regardless of gender. She has become one of the most dominant champions to grace the Octagon and hopes to keep her perfect record intact in New York City. In order for Namajunas to leave the Big Apple as just the third champion in the division’s history, she’ll look to close the distance and take the fight the ground where she excels at jiu-jitsu, as six of her seven wins as a pro have come via submission. At just 25 years old, Namajunas has a shot at history of her own, because a win over Jedrzejczyk will make her the youngest female champion in UFC history.
- Top-ranked welterweight Stephen Thompson collides with No. 4 Jorge Masvidal in an early Fight of the Night contender
- No. 8 Corey Anderson looks to continue his ascent up the light heavyweight division rankings when he meets No. 12 Patrick Cummins
- Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks clashes with highly touted undefeated prospect Paulo Borrachinha in a middleweight showdown
- In a battle of fast rising heavyweights, No. 9 Aleksei Oleinik meets No. 13 Curtis Blaydes
- Submission ace, No. 15 Gadzhimurad Antigulov meets heavy-handed Ion Cutelaba at 205-pounds
- Undefeated bantamweight prospect Aiemann Zahabi and Brazilian jiu-jitsu star Ricardo Ramos meet in a 135-pound duel
UFC 217 will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.