Interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will be watching Saturday’s UFC 217 main event closely. The 26-year-old won the interim belt at UFC 213 in July by defeating Yoel Romero by unanimous decision. He’s been sidelined with a knee injury, but will be fighting to unify the belts when he returns in 2018, possibly when the UFC makes its debut in Perth, Western Australia.
St-Pierre will be returning to the Octagon for the first time since November of 2013, when he took a split-decision nod over Johny Hendricks, who also fights on the UFC 217 card. GSP walked away from fighting after his record-setting ninth title defense. He hasn’t tasted defeat since 2007, but he’s never competed in the 185-pound division.
Bisping has only defended the belt once, defeating Dan Henderson in the former dual-division Pride champion’s swan song. He’s taken a lot of heat from the rest of the division for not having put the belt on the line against a top 185-pound contender, yet, but he wouldn’t pass up the opportunity for a “legacy fight” with St-Pierre.
Whittaker shares his thoughts on the main event of UFC 217 between Bisping and St-Pierre.
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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, Nov. 4, for full UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre Live Results and Fight Stats. The main event features Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre. In other title bouts, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt squares off with former teammate TJ Dillashaw, and strawweight terror Joanna Jedrzejczyk aims to tie Ronda Rousey‘s women’s title defense record in a battle with Rose Namajunas.