On November 4th, 2017, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to New York City for only the second time in the promotions history.
The first time around, UFC 205 delivered one of the greatest fight cards in combat sports history. A card that featured three title bouts, headlined by a Lightweight Title fight between “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and the “Underground King” Eddie Alvarez, a fight that McGregor would dominate for a round and a half before knocking out Alvarez with a four punch combination.
The second time around at MSG looks to be no different as three more title fights are slated to headline UFC 217, with a Middleweight Title fight between Michael “The Count” Bisping and Georges “Rush” St-Pierre as the main event.
GSP makes his much anticipated return to the octagon after a few years off due to injury and contract disputes. Bisping looks to defend his middleweight strap for the second time since knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in June of 2016.
In the Co-Main Event, Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw will finally meet with Garbrandt’s Bantamweight Title on the line.
The two men were originally scheduled to throw down at UFC 213, however a back injury sustained by Garbrandt led to the fight being postponed.
Garbrandt (11-0) captured the Bantamweight Title by defeating one of the greatest bantamweights of all-time in Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 last December. Dillashaw (14-3), who was once a teammate of Garbrandt at Team Alpha Male looks to recapture a title that he once held before falling to Dominick Cruz in January of 2016.
The Ultimate Fighter scene is where the rivalry between these two men really heated up as Garbrandt and Dillashaw saw each other daily over a six week period as they coached their fighters to do battle with one another. Emotions ran high and threats and predictions were made. What better stage than the worlds most famous arena for these two men to try and prove themselves right and the other man wrong.
The third title fight booked for UFC 217 will feature two of the best strawweight fighters on earth as Joanna Jedrzejczyk AKA Joanna “Champion” takes on “Thug” Rose Namajunas for the women’s Strawweight Title.
Jedrzejczyk has been one of the most dominant female fighters on the planet for some time now, and looks to tie women’s Bantamweight Legend Ronda Rousey in successful title defenses.
Joanna (14-0) has held the title since defeating Carla Esparza by KO in March of 2015. Since then, Jedrzejczyk has beaten some of the top strawweights in the game, such as Valerie Letourneau, Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Andrade.
Namajunas (6-3) enters the contest winning 4 of her last 5 fights with her latest victory coming against Michelle Waterson by RNC at UFC on Fox 24.
Namajunas possesses a style that could challenge Joanna, however it’s hard to see Jedrzejczyk being derailed as she makes her way towards history.