Georges St-Pierre Signs Bout Agreement for UFC 217


The middleweight championship showdown between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre is one step closer to being finalized.

After months bouncing from on-again, off-again status, the matchup between 185-pound champ Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and former welterweight titleholder St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) is moving forward for UFC 217, which takes place November 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Given the Conor McGregor-sized hole in the UFC's PPV pulling power this year, the return of "Rush" could not come at a better time.

The former welterweight kingpin, who hasn't fought since 2013, took to Instagram to post a photo of himself signing the fight contract on Wednesday.

MMAFighting journalist Ariel Helwani had previously reported that the bout was being targeted for UFC 217.

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The upcoming fight between the two, which will mark St-Pierre's Octagon comeback after a four-year break, has been originally announced in March at the specially-organized press conference at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

And welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defended his strap against Demian Maia, but in a bout which featured the lowest amount of strikes in the history of UFC championship fights. Given the disappointing nature of Woodley's (successful) performance, White reverted back to his initial plan and handed the fight to Bisping. He also has a chance to equal "The Count's" record for UFC wins, which stands at 20.

Bisping (30-7) now owns that belt after he knocked out Luke Rockhold in June 2016.