Earlier today (Wed. March 1, 2017) UFC President Dana White joined ESPN’s Sports Center to announce that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will make his Octagon return against Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in the second half of 2017.
St-Pierre has not competed since his controversial 2013 split decision win over Johny Hendricks to retain his then-welterweight title for the ninth consecutive time. ‘Rush’ would then subsequently walk away from the sport and relinquished his 170-pound strap.
Bisping has had the best stretch of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after defeating former 185-pound king Anderson Silva in February of last year, before replacing Chris Weidman at UFC 199 on short-notice against Luke Rockhold, where he went on to secure the UFC’s middleweight title via first round knockout.
‘The Count’ successfully defended his throne against Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 204 back in October, and will now attempt to defend it once more against St-Pierre.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more…