Go inside Georges St-Pierre's return and 3 title fights in UFC 217 extended preview

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When the UFC descends on New York City for the second straight November, there once again will be three titles on the line.

In the UFC 217 main event next month, Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) returns to the octagon after a four-year layoff to challenge champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for the UFC middleweight title. St-Pierre was a longtime welterweight champ before he walked away from the sport, and now will attempt to become just the fourth two-division champ in the UFC’s history.

In the co-main event, there is bad blood all over the place when bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) meets former teammate T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). The two coached opposite each other on Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” and were supposed to meet over the summer until a Garbrandt surgery delayed things.

And also on the main card, strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) will defend her title against Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC). With a win, Jedrzejczyk will hold the record for most title wins by a UFC women’s fighter.

The way Kevin Lee sees it, destiny placed him opposite Tony Ferguson.

“Me and Tony were bound to fight, whether it was going to be headlining at T-Mobile Arena for a world championship, or if it was going to be in my backyard,” Lee said in an extended preview for UFC 216.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. It will be the UFC’s second show at MSG following the historic UFC 205 in November 2016.

In the extended video preview above, go inside the three title fights atop the card in New York City.

And for more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Cody Garbrandt: T.J. Dillashaw moves around gyms like 'a prostitute on the corner'

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The feud between UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw is one that could last more than one fight. In fact, Garbrandt predicts it could stretch for generations to come.

Both Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who meet for the 135-pound belt in UFC 217’s pay-per-view co-headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City, are soon expecting the arrival of their first children. What those kids choose a profession remains to be seen, but the champ said if they go into fighting, the upcoming match could be the first of many between the families.

“I’m very fortunate and blessed to have a baby son come up, just like T.J.,” Garbrandt said. “Maybe years down the road it will be Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt, and we’ll be in the opposite corners as well.”

The Garbrandt-Dillashaw tension has simmered in recent months. The former Team Alpha Male teammates have become enemies after Dillashaw famously left the team to explore other training options. That decision still doesn’t sit well with Garbrandt, who considers himself a loyalist.

After serving as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 25,” Garbrandt was supposed to make his first title defense against Dillashaw at UFC 213 in July. Unfortunately, “No Love” suffered a back injury that forced him out of the bout, but four months later, he’s now ready to go.

Despite some health issues, Garbrandt, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, said he’s stuck to what works. He doesn’t believe No. 3-ranked Dillashaw can say the same.

“(He has been) bouncing around from camps,” Garbrandt said. “He left Colorado. (Now) he’s out in California. You’re like a prostitute on the corner bouncing around from gyms.”

Dillashaw has always explored his training options. Even when at Team Alpha Male, he dabbled elsewhere, which helped prompt the ugly falling out from the team. The former bantamweight titleholder said he makes no apologies for his decision-making since it helped him become a better fighter, he said.

“At least I’m out there learning new (expletive),” Dillashaw said.

Garbrandt said he intends to put it to the test when he finally shares the octagon with his rival.

“I’m finally healthy,” Garbrandt said. “We’ll find out Nov. 4.”

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch today's UFC 217 press conference with Bisping, GSP, others at 6:30 p.m. ET

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LAS VEGAS – Check out a live stream of today’s UFC 217 press conference, which includes all six title-fight participants, live here on MMAjunkie at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card – one of the best of the year – airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Today’s kickoff press conference, which Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena hosts, includes all of the big names.

In UFC 217’s featured bout, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) takes on former longtime welterweight titleholder and all-time MMA great Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who returns from a four-year absence and moves up a weight class for the fight. Additionally, bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) takes on challenger T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in the co-headliner, and women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

MMAjunkie will have full coverage of today’s fan and media event.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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That big UFC 217 event with 3 title fights? Here's the official poster

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Dann StuppAs far as UFC events go, UFC 217 is a biggie, and now the November blockbuster has an official poster.

UFC 217, which features three title fights, takes place Nov. 4 at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card – one of the best of the year – airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Here’s the official poster for the card:

The headliners obviously have top billing on the poster. In UFC 217’s featured bout, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) takes on former longtime welterweight titleholder and all-time MMA great Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who returns from a four-year absence and moves up a weight class for the fight.

Also slated for UFC 217? Bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and challenger T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who meet in the co-headliner, and women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) vs. Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

All six fighters are part of Friday’s special UFC 217 press conference in Las Vegas, which MMAjunkie will stream live.

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Ahead of UFC 217 press conference with GSP, watch Michael Bisping's best trash-talk

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If you’re going to be in Las Vegas next week, you’ve got a chance to see UFC 217’s headliners – and budding rivals – in person.

Prior to UFC 216 ceremonial weigh-ins on this coming Friday, Oct. 5, UFC 217’s six featured fighters will be part of a press conference, which is free and open to fans. That includes UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and former longtime welterweight titleholder and all-time MMA great Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who returns from a four-year absence and moves up a weight class for the fight.

The press conference takes place at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT local time) at T-Mobile Arena. MMAjunkie will be on scene and covering the event, and we’ll have a live video stream available.

UFC 217, which features three title fights, takes place Nov. 4 at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card – one of the best of the year – airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Except some fireworks from Bisping and St-Pierre, who were booked in a fight that caught some fans by surprise. The matchup has been an on-again, off-again mess after it was announced in March, but injuries to both fighters delayed, then scrapped and ultimately forced a rebooking of the fight.

Although GSP is widely revered as a fan favorite – and a favorite among fellow fighters – Bisping has been his usual brash self as he talks up the fight. He’s dismissed St-Pierre as relevant, alleged he has spies in GSP’s camp, and even suggested he may retire after beating him.

At the press conference, you can expect some trash-talk, especially from Bisping (check out the video above to learn why).

Also slated for the UFC 217 press conference? Bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and challenger T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who meet in the co-headliner, and women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and opponent Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who kick off the night’s championship tripleheader.

The latest UFC 217 card includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall
  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Give a (expletive)? Tickets for UFC 217 on sale today

When UFC President Dana White is your social media manager, don’t expect Madison Avenue messaging.

White today announced UFC 217 tickets on sale in the way that only Dana White can, adding a special caption to the poster the Nov. 4 pay-per-view.

“For those of u who give a (expletive)….. tickets for UFC at MSG go on sale today,” White wrote.

He might not sound like it, but White hopes fans do give one. It’s the UFC’s much-anticipated return to Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the promotion is coming in hot with the return of former UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC). “Rush” adds 15 pounds to his usual frame to take on perennial heel and middleweight champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC).

Adding star power to the card are a pair of title fights. Bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) defends against longtime rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) attempting to tie ex-champ Ronda Rousey’s title defense record at six in a bout against Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC). It’s quite rare the UFC brings three title fights in one night.

Tickets went on sale at 7 a.m. today, and as of 1:30 ET, the buy in was $306 on Ticketmaster with a pair of front-row seats going for $6,512.

Of course, there’s still two months until the event. If prices perform anything like they did for “The Money Fight,” there could be discounts to be had.

So buy them or don’t, you goofs.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tickets on sale this week for Georges St-Pierre's return at UFC 217 in New York City

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Four years after he walked away from the sport, Georges St-Pierre will make his return this fall on an historic stage.

Tickets go on sale this week for the promotion’s return to New York City for UFC 217. In the main event, Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) will defend his middleweight title against former welterweight champ St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC). And a second title will be on the line in the co-feature when bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) takes on rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

And just today, the organization announced a third title fight: women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster Friday beginning at 10 a.m. ET. But ahead of that, two pre-sale periods are available. UFC Fight Club members can buy seats Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET, and UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers can purchase tickets Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

The latest UFC 217 card includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Cody Garbrandt, Urijah Faber: T.J. Dillashaw trained dirty, ended Chris Holdsworth's career

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UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt readily admits he’s no T.J. Dillashaw fan, but “No Love” insists it’s for good reason.

While Dillashaw’s sparring intensity has become legendary in MMA circles – even inspiring the nickname “Killashaw” among his former Team Alpha Male crew – Garbrandt and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber said an alternate nickname of “Dillashank” might be a little more revealing.

Garbrandt and Faber were guests on the latest edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience” and doubled down on a previous claim that Dillashaw is at least partially responsible for ending the fight career of “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Chris Holdsworth, who currently serves as a Team Alpha Male grappling coach.

“T.J. was never the best teammate,” Faber said. “He would, like, try to hurt people.”

“That’s why Chris is out, Garbrandt added. “(Dillashaw) kneed him in the back of the head.”

Faber was hesitant to address the incident, which occurred when Dillashaw was still a part of the team. But he did describe a history of cheap shots in sparring, including shots thrown after the bell and knees fired to the body during boxing sessions.

But Garbrandt had no such hesitation.

“That’s the truth,” Garbrandt said. “We’re talking about cheap shots.

“I guess Chris choked him out, and T.J. got up and (expletive) kneed him in the back of the had when he was down on the mat.”

Holdsworth has openly addressed lingering issues from a concussion suffered in training but has thus far declined to discuss specifics. We’ll see if that changes ahead of UFC 217, where Garbrandt and Dillashaw meet on the pay-per-view main card of the Nov. 4 event at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Ex-UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw talks about why drama always seems to find him

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Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw isn’t quite sure why drama seems to follow him everywhere.

From his public fallout and feud with Team Alpha Male, to his failed attempt to get a flyweight title shot, to would-be contenders taking verbal jabs, there’s always something to talk about.

“I don’t know – maybe it’s just me getting out there and being around everyone,” Dillashaw told MMAjunkie Radio. “Jimmie Rivera’s talking about sparring footage we had back in the day, and the past with me and Alpha Male, there’s going to be stuff there.

“It almost sounds like jealousy, really. It’s gotten kind of childish and really embarrassing with how obsessed Alpha Male has gotten with my career.”

Things are unlikely to settle down now that Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is officially rebooked to fight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC 217, a do-over after Garbrandt withdrew from their highly anticipated grudge match at UFC 213.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw served as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 25” and repeatedly clashed on the set, with Garbrandt once physically assaulting his ex-training partner.

When Dillashaw met with a few ex-teammates after the show to hash things out, Garbrandt wasn’t in attendance.

“I think it’s just all circumstances and the position I’m in,” Dillashaw said. “I’m on top, and I’m looking to get my belt back. People, I think, are just a little bit jealous of the lifestyle and what I’m trying to accomplish.”

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Dillashaw lost the title at the start of 2016 with a split-decision loss to Dominick Cruz. He’s since beaten top contenders Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker to put himself back in title contention. It’s been a rocky road to get a second shot at the belt. Garbrandt’s injury prompted him to volunteer for a fight with flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, only to be rebuffed when Johnson declined the offer.

If Dillashaw is able to take the title from Garbrandt, it would be the validation of nearly two years of work toward a comeback. Then he could look forward to the real drama of keeping the belt.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.

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Bisping-GSP, Garbrandt-Dillashaw title fights among 7 official for UFC 217

Two championship belts will be on the line when the UFC makes its second visit this November to the famous Madison Square Garden in New York.

In the main event of the Nov. 4 pay-per-view lineup (which follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass), Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) will defend the UFC middleweight championship against Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC). Bantamweight titleholder Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) takes on rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in the co-headliner.

Both title bouts were confirmed on Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FS1.

The matchup between Bisping and St-Pierre has been an on-again, off-again mess after it was announced in March that former UFC welterweight champion St-Pierre would end his nearly 4-year hiatus to fight Bisping, despite never having competed at 185 pounds.

St-Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013, when he notched his ninth consecutive welterweight title defense with a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. St-Pierre then vacated the title and took a break from competition. After St-Pierre recently flirted with a return, UFC officials announced earlier this year that the 36-year-old Canadian MMA great would fight Bisping sometime later in the year.

However, St-Pierre then said he could not fight until at least November due to outside commitments, and an irked UFC President Dana White later said the fight was off. Bisping was then slated to fight top contender Yoel Romero.

But when Bisping subsequently revealed a knee injury (while St-Pierre declared a lingering eye issue), Plan B for Bisping-Romero also was scrapped. Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) then lost a decision to fellow contender Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) for an interim title earlier this month at UFC 213.

White suggested a knee injury recently suffered by Whittaker opened the door for St-Pierre to cut the line.

With Whittaker the challenger in waiting, White said in July that St-Pierre would instead fight the winner of this past Saturday’s UFC 214 co-headliner between current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and challenger Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC). However, with Woodley’s heavily panned unanimous-decision win over Maia, that apparently opened the door for St-Pierre vs. Bisping once again.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw have a tenuous history after being teammates for several years at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. Dillashaw unceremoniously left the gym to train with striking coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado, and the disdain with former teammates such as Garbrandt and Urijah Faber has grown thicker ever since.

The feud grew deeper when the pair served as opposing coaches on Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. Dillashaw handled Garbrandt in the coaching aspect, seeing a greater number of his fighters advance through the tournament, with Jesse Taylor ultimately winning the tournament crown.

Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from their planned UFC 213 bout in July due to a back injury that required treatment. He’s been rehabbing since and is ready to go for UFC 217.

Also confirmed for UFC 217 was a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Aleksei Oleinik (52-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a light-heavyweight showdown between Corey Anderson (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Patrick Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and a bantamweight bout between Ricardo Ramos (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Aiemann Zahabi (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

The latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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