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Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre predictions & betting tips: Michael Bisping to ruin GSP's comeback

Leigh Copson 31 Oct 2017
  • Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre confirmed for UFC 217
  • Middleweight title super-fight to take place on November 4

Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre predictions for the UFC middleweight title fight. MMA legend Georges St-Pierre will challenge title-holder Michael Bisping when he comes out of retirement at UFC 217 on November 4 – but will GSP become a two-weight champion by dethroning Britain’s first ever UFC champion? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre Prediction

Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre Betting Tips Explained

Michael Bisping fulfilled his ‘destiny’ when he shocked the world a year ago, knocking out Luke Rockhold on two weeks’ notice to become the first British fighter to win a UFC title, but his reign over the middleweight division has been shrouded in a degree of controversy because of the opposition that has been put in his way since winning the 185lb crown.

Bisping’s first defence came against Dan Henderson – a man who brutally knocked him out at UFC 100 but went into the title fight at UFC 204 having gone 3-6 in his previous nine fights. ‘The Count’ survived a major scare to take the win via the judges’ scorecard and in the wake of that fight there was a lot of debate about who his next opponent would be – Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker, Gegard Mousasi, Chris Weidman or Luke Rockhold? It turned out his next challenger would be someone else entirely.

Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre had resigned with the company and it was announced that the former 170lb would be making his comeback in a higher weight class – the middleweight division – and the bout would be a title fight. Bisping, a 37-fight veteran, welcomed the fight and the massive payday that will come with it, but MMA purists are furious.

Those MMA purists will probably buy the fight though, because this will possibly the biggest fight the UFC puts on this year unless Conor McGregor returns to action or light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones does take on former heavyweight title-holder Brock Lesnar. Bisping v St-Pierre will take place at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden on November 4, and the bookmakers have already put their odds out there with challenger GSP being made the odds-on favourite for the showdown in New York.

To me, that decision is based on GSP’s legacy and not what the man has done recently. He may have the best active win streak going in the UFC today, but it has been over three years since the Canadian legend last stepped into the Octagon and his split decision win over Johny Hendricks was hardly convincing, with many feeling that ‘Bigg Rigg’ had done enough to end GSP’s long-running reign over the welterweight.

So what St-Pierre will we even see here? Of course, ‘Rush’ is an athletic freak of nature and his time away from the Octagon will not have changed that. He is a dominant wrestler despite having no real background in that aspect of the sport, and on the feet he has one of the most all-round skill sets the sport has ever seen.

However, Bisping has proven over the years that he has excellent takedown defence and very few men have been able to take him to the mat and keep him there, while in the stand-up game he is one of the finest technical fighters, even if much has been made about his power or lack of it. Bisping uses those skills and his incredible cardio to wear down fighters and I just do not see how GSP can expect to return after three years, move up a weight class and beat Bisping – via stoppage or by decision.

That is not to say I would be shocked if St-Pierre does make a winning return to action – he is one of the finest fighters the sport has ever seen – but the approach that saw him dominate the welterweight ranks for over six years will not translate to the bigger weight class. He will not be able to take ‘The Count’ down and hold him there, and on the feet there is no way he will avoid Bisping’s accurate striking which has got the better of Rockhold, Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson in the past couple of years.

For me this is the middleweight champion’s fight to lose and I do not expect him to surrender the title to GSP.

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Michael Bisping v Georges St-Pierre Stats

6' 1"HEIGHT5' 11"
Britain's First UFC Champion
Ultimate Fighter Season 3 Winner
Former Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Champion
Most fights in UFC history (27)
Most wins in UFC history (20)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS3-time former UFC Welterweight Champion
Ranks 2nd for most wins in UFC (19)
3rd best win streak in UFC history (12 - active)

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