The UFC returns for its last pay-per-view offering in 2017 in the United States, when UFC 217 takes place Saturday, Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The main event will feature Michael Bisping defending the middleweight championship against former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. The co-main event is another title fight, with Cody Garbrandt defending the bantamweight championship when he faces former teammate and former 135-pound champion TJ Dillashaw. Another title bout highlights the show when Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks to make a record-setting title defense when she puts up the strawweight title against Rose Namajunas.
UFC 217 has the deepest main card so far in 2017 for the premiere MMA organization. History will be made at the most historic sports arena in the world.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 217.
All times are Eastern.
UFC 217 date, start time
The first preliminary fight is available for UFC.com’s Fight Pass members beginning at 6:30 p.m. The remaining preliminary fights can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8 p.m. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. St-Pierre and Bisping should enter the octagon at around 1:00 a.m.
UFC 217 PPV price, live stream
The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99 in HD. For more information on how to order UFC 217 St-Pierre vs. Bisping, contact your TV provider. You can also live-stream UFC 217 and the St-Pierre vs. Bisping main card on UFC.TV for $59.99.
UFC 217 fight card
– Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre for Bisping’s Middleweight Title
– Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw for Garbrandt’s Bantamweight Title
– Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas for Jedrzejczyk’s Women’s Bantamweight Title
– Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal; Welterweight
– Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Borrachinha; Middleweight
– James Vick vs. Joseph Duffy; Lightweight
– Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer; Heavyweight
– Ion Cuțelaba vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk; Light Heavyweight
– Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall; Welterweight
– Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Curtis Blaydes; Heavyweight
– Ovince Saint Preux vs. Corey Anderson; Light Heavyweight
– Aiemann Zahabi vs. Ricardo Ramos; Bantamweight
UFC 217 preview
St-Pierre (25-2) is coming back from nearly a four-year layoff. After he defeated Johny Hendricks by a narrow decision at UFC 167, a few weeks later during a conference call, St-Pierre announced he would be taking a sabbatical from the sport due to personal issues and a litany of issues involving the sport. He started negotiating his return about 18 months ago and rumors circulated if he did return, he wanted to make history and move up to middleweight to face Bisping.
Bisping (31-7) captured the title as late-replacement when he knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. He went on to beat Dan Henderson at UFC 204 by unanimous decision.
A press conference took place in March before UFC 209 with St-Pierre and Bisping to announce they would battle sometime in 2017. Sources had told Sporting News that St-Pierre and Bisping would fight at UFC 213, but Bisping said he wouldn’t be ready due to a knee injury and the fight looked to be off.
Robert Whittaker beat Yoel Romero to become interim middleweight champion at UFC 213. He was scheduled to face Bisping. Fate would have it that Whittaker sustained a knee injury and had to bow out of the event, and the fight between St-Pierre and Bisping was announced a short time later for UFC 217.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw go back to when they were teammates at Team Alpha Male. Tension between them started after Dillashaw had won the bantamweight title at UFC 173 in 2014.
Dillashaw (15-3) left the gym shortly thereafter to head to Elevation Fight Team in Colorado after a feud commenced between TAM founder Urijah Faber and coach Duane Ludwig who had become close with Dillashaw who followed Ludwig to Colorado.
Garbrandt (11-0) captured the belt, beating long-time titleholder and the greatest bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 last December. He and Dillashaw were scheduled to fight at UFC 213 but Garbrandt sustained a back injury.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw have gone back-and-forth in the press with no regard for each other’s feelings. This has the potential to be the best fight of the year with Dillashaw looking to regain his title while Garbrandt looks to remain undefeated in his quest to become an all-time great.
Jędrzejczyk (14-0) last fought at UFC 211 in May, defeating Jessica Andrade by unanimous decision. A win at UFC 217 would tie former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s record of six title defenses.
This will be Namajunas’ (7-3) second attempt at becoming the 115-pound champion. She fell short against Carla Esparza in Dec. 2014. To earn this title opportunity, Namajunas has won four of her last five fights.