St-Pierre signs deal to fight Bisp­ing at UFC 217 in NYC

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - NeIL davId­SOn The Cana­dian Press

TOrONTO – For­mer wel­ter­weight cham­pion ge­orges st-Pierre has con­firmed he will make his long-awaited come­back against mid­dleweight ti­tle­holder Michael Bisp­ing on Nov. 4 at uFC 217 in New york’s Madi­son square gar­den.

The 36-year-old from Mon­treal posted a photo on In­sta­gram show­ing him smil­ing as he signed the bout agree­ment.

“get ready for a big night in NyC!!!” he wrote.

st-Pierre has not fought since Nov. 16, 2013, when he won a slen­der split de­ci­sion over Johny (Bigg rigg) hen­dricks at uFC 167.

st-Pierre (25-2-0) sub­se­quently stepped away from the sport, say­ing his life had be­come “com­pletely in­sane” and a “freak­ing zoo.” he kept train­ing while on hia­tus.

he signed a new con­tract in Fe­bru­ary, tar­get­ing Eng­land’s Bisp­ing -- and a step up in weight class -- for his come­back. But he ran into a stum­bling block in uFC pres­i­dent dana White when he said he couldn’t fight un­til Novem­ber be­cause of an eye in­jury.

In­stead, White said he would face the win­ner of the uFC 214 wel­ter­weight show­down be­tween cham­pion Ty­ron (The Cho­sen One) Wood­ley and No. 1 con­tender demian Maia. Wood­ley won a drab five-round de­ci­sion July 29 that set a record for the fewest strikes in a five-round ti­tle bout.

White went back to the orig­i­nal plan, match­ing stPierre against Bisp­ing.

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