The biggest superfight in mixed martial arts (MMA) this year will go down at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y., when UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping defends his title against a returning Georges St-Pierre.
Having not fought in nearly four years St-Pierre is going to have his work cut out for him against “The Count,” especially since the former welterweight king will be making his debut at 185 pounds. While GSP has accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the sport of MMA, the 36-year-old is still striving to showcase his world-class skill set.
“Satisfaction is the deathtrap,” St-Pierre said in a Thursday interview with Sports Illustrated. “When you’re satisfied, you better retire. I’m not satisfied. I think I can do more, and I will prove it to everybody November 4th. I’m very happy. The sport has evolved, but I believe you haven’t seen the best out of me yet.”
Considering GSP hasn’t lost since Matt Serra knocked him out at UFC 69 (a loss that was later avenged) fight fans should expect the Canadian to rely on his best weapons when he makes his return at UFC 217. However, that doesn’t mean St-Pierre isn’t prepared to piece together new aspects of his game as well.
“It’s much different. I got a lot more tools in my arsenal. I’ve been working on different things,” St-Pierre said. “If he’s [Bisping] expecting me the same as I was, it’s a big mistake on his part. I’m going to come out, and I want to shock the world. …
“I’m the challenger. I’m not the champion this time. So I have to take the fight to him. I have to expect that if I’m going to a decision, and the fight is close, it’s not going to go my way. So I’m going to go there, and I’m going to put everything I have to finish him, fight like there’s no tomorrow.”
If that is the type of Georges St-Pierre that is going to show up in New York City this November then fight fans will surely want to tune in. Remember, before GSP ended his UFC career with seven-straight decisions he was finishing the likes of B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, and Serra.
While Bisping is going to pose difficult situations for St-Pierre inside of the cage, GSP is an athletic freak and one of the most complete fighters the UFC middleweight champion has ever faced. But with so much time off, it’s going to be difficult for St-Pierre to unleash new offensive weapons when he has to regain his Octagon composure on the spot.