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On November 4th, 2017, world-class fighters take to the octagon in what could potentially be a major upset.
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Now that Conor and Floyd have had their time to shine, the UFC is looking to put these pound-for-pound world’s best fighters against each other in a set of dual title fights.
The lineup is set to produce an action-packed event filled with heavy hits and high kicks.
UFC 217 Main Card Fights – Betting Odds & Tips
Title Fight: Michael Bisping (+120) vs Georges St-Pierre (-150)
It’s been more than 3 years since GSP stepped into the cage, but now it’s clear who the former champion is going to fight when he returns in UFC 217. GSP is going to take on Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship.
Odds opened up within hours after the announcement, showing Georges St-Pierre as the slight favorite with Michael Bisping showing EVEN odds. Since, the fight has been called off, postponed, re-released, potentially scrapped, and then scheduled for UFC 217.
With all of the madness happening, odds were taken down but then reposted, showing Georges St-Pierre at -150 and Michael Bisping at +120.
GSP looked away from fighting in 2013, showing that wear and tear on his body from competing for so long was the cause. He took home his last 12 fights, with 7 of the last 8 going the full 25 minutes.
It’s argued that he is one of the best fighters to ever grace the UFC, and he has proven he can step to any opponent that’s put in front of him. He loves to take the fight to the mat and suffocate his opposition, which became even more evident after a loss to Matt Serra.
Quite a bit has changed since GSP exited the main stage, and that includes Michael Bisping becoming the undisputed middleweight champion. He performed in a short-notice match against Luke Rockhold to secure a shocking victory.
Bisping is known for wearing down fighters by using high-volume striking attacks. He’s got an amazing takedown defence, which is going to be put to the test when he faces GSP.
Title Fight: Cody Garbrandt (-145) vs T.J. Dillashaw (+115)
In the UFC bantamweight division, Cody Garbrandt easily secured his spot at the top by completely dominating Dominick Cruz during UFC 207. He has now looked forward to defending his title against TJ Dillawshaw at UFC 217.
Odds opened with Garbrandt as the favorite (-140), with a comeback for Dillashaw (+110) when their bout was still scheduled for UFC 213. The UFC 213 fight was postponed when Garbrandt suffered an injury, but has been rescheduled in New York City for UFC 217.
To give you a bit of background, both of these fighters train at Team Alpha Male. Dillashaw left the gym to begin training with Elevation Fight Team, in a split that was anything but amicable. Tensions between Team Alpha Male and Elevation Fight Team have remained high since the split.
Both Dillashaw and Garbrandt have been selected as coaches in the upcoming TUF season, which is expected to keep the animosity high between them. Leaked footage shows Garbrandt grabbing Dillashaw’s throat while recording the show.
Between the two fighters, Garbrandt is far more experienced, coming from a state wrestling champion during high school, and then moving into becoming an accomplished boxer on the amateur stage. He’s patient, waiting for the perfect time to counterpunch, and throws every strike with the intentions of ending the fight.
Dillashaw combines his aggression, cage knowledge, and footwork to keep his opponents overwhelmed, and comes to the cage with a strong striking game. His high school and university wrestling experience helps him when fights go to the mat.
Title Fight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-417) vs. Rose Namajunas (+310)
The first of the three title fights on the stacked UFC 217 bill will occur in the 115-pound straw weight division, where destructive divisional empress Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) will attempt to defend her belt against long-time contender Rose Namajunas (6-3).
Jedrzejczyk will step into the Octagon in Madison Square Garden with a flawless, 14-0 record. Her 7 most recent fights have occurred in the UFC’s Octagon, where she has been the picture of dominance.
After going 2-0 in her first two UFC bouts, she captured the UFC straw weight title by thumping inaugural champ Carla Esparza in a fight that looked a lot more like a mugging. Since winning the title, Jedrzejczyk has used her world-class striking to slice, dice, and pulverise game challengers in Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and most recently, Jessica Andrade.
In case you can’t count, that means this bout with Rose Namajunas will be Jedrzejczyk’s sixth defense. If she wins this fight, she’ll tie Ronda Rousey’s record for the most consecutive title defenses in the history of the UFC’s women’s divisions. While she might not be winning as quickly as Rousey did, the simple truth is that she’s a far better fighter than Rousey ever was. She’s just fighting in a deeper division.
Now, let’s take a look at Namajunas. Though Namajunas is a mere 1-1 in her last 2 fights, having recently lost to Kowalkiewicz and won against Michelle Waterson, she is undeniably one of the best strawweights alive.
To me, she has always been somewhat comparable to Carlos Condit, in the way that she possesses a long, unpredictable stand-up attack, a deceptively good submission game, and perhaps, a bit of a deficit in the takedown defense department. Luckily for her, Jedrzejczyk is very unlikely to press for the takedown in this fight, as the champ has always been happy to lean on her scalpel-sharp striking arsenal. Unfortunately, that means Namajunas will probably have to deal with that striking for prolonged periods.
On the feet, Namajunas is no slouch, and she might well hit harder than the champ. On a technical level though, there is a gulf between Jedrzejczyk and just about any strawweight on the UFC roster. Do not discount the possibility of Namajunas rocking the champ – maybe even beating her. The more likely outcome, however, is that the champ forces a stand-up battle, and as the odds above suggest, captures the win, be it by stoppage or decision.
Stephen Thompson (13-2-1) vs Jorge Masvidal (32-12)
While the betting lines haven’t opened on Thompson vs Masvidal in UFC 217, the fight is set to be one of the most exciting, explosive, and violent fights of the night.
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is making his first reveal after two failed attempts at Tyron Woodley’s title. Prior to his losses to Woodley, Thompson secured victories in his last 7 consecutive bouts.
Masvidal, on the other hand, is looking to use his UFC 217 fight to get back into the winner’s circle. He recently lost to Demian Maia on a split decision in UFC 211. Prior to UFC 211, Masvidal had won the last 3 fights for his American Top Team camp.
Both fighters have been incredibly vocal about making this happen, and their wishes have come true for November 4, 2017. Expect this to be a knock-down, drag-out bout with both fighters looking forward to new title shots in the future.
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UFC 217 Undercard Fights
Aiemann Zahabi vs Ricardo Ramos
Johny Hendricks vs Paulo Borrachinha
Aleksei Oleinik vs Curtis Blaydes
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs Ion Cutelaba
Corey Anderson vs
Patrick Cummins (Says he’s Out due to mutant staph infection)