UFC 217 Betting Preview: Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre – Place Your Bets Early!
The three-time former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will make his big return four years after he initially walked away from the sport as he prepares to take on the British fighter-actor Michael Bisping in November.
Montreal-born fighter Georges St-Pierre, often referred to as GSP, lock horns with defending champion Bisping in a weight class he has never competed at before. The forthcoming match will take place on November 3 in Madison Square Garden in New York and is beginning to gain plenty of attention in the UFC community.
The two fighters have already begun their promotional campaigns which traditionally involve plenty of heated mind games and banter.
The Canadian fighter returns after a lengthy layoff and does so with an extra meat on his body for which he was criticized by his rival. St-Pierre has also been involved in a series of testing with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to clear his name and body before returning to the octagon in November.
St-Pierre is taking his return quite seriously as the former welterweight champion the renowned coach Freddie Roach to get him prepared for the big event.
Preparations and Mind games Under Way
His rival, on the other hand, is coming off from a knee injury that kept his sidelined since last October. Bisping will be fighting against St-Pierre to defend his title for the second time and appears to be brimming with confidence.
The United Kingdom fighter gave little regard to his rival’s preparation wishing George St-Pierre ‘sweet dream’ in a recent Instagram post.
“Sweet dreams, train hard, take steroids, don’t get caught though. Don’t get caught!”, he said.
Much to great surprise, the reigning champions enter his title defense fight as the betting underdog. Bisping is backed at +125 to St-Pierre’s -155 at Bovada.
The renowned United Kingdom operator William Hill is offering slightly different odds with Michael Bisping available at +130 and the Canadian fighter at -163.