Friday, November 3, 2017

UFC 217 - Bisping Vs. St. Pierre - Predictions

The return of a legend. One of the most popular fighters ever returns after 4 years off from the UFC.
St. Pierre hasn't lost a fight since 2007 and only 2 fights in his career. The two skills he dominates with is the jab and the takedown which will be what he tries to utilize this fight. His last finish was in 2009 when he knocked out BJ Penn. This is also a new weight class for a guy who hasn't fought in years and there will be questions. Is he too big now? Can he carry that much weight? How is his conditioning? His opponent which is the champion Michael Bisping has been slightly underrated in his career. He comes in with 30 career wins and 16 of those being knockouts with the last one coming against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Bisping is a lot of talk and backs it up but other then Rockhold in last few fight he has fought older guys who are past their prime and other guys who aren't near the top of the division. Bisping going to look to stand and St. Pierre will try to utilize the jab and mix in takedowns. 3 total title fights scheduled for this PPV depending on weight cuts. The best one could be Garbrandt versus Dillashaw with an undefeated Garbrandt going up against a former champion and sparring partner. Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks to break records and surpass the legacy if Rousey as the best women's fighter ever against a game opponent Rose Namajunas. Stephen Thompson returns after his close fights against champion Tyron Woodley. A former champion Johny Hendricks if he can make weight fights on the main card. Other notable names include James Vick, Ovince Saint Preux, Mickey Gall, and Aleksei Oleinik.


Aiemann Zahabi Vs. Ricardo Ramos - Ramos 
Michal Oleksiejczuk Vs. Ion Cutelaba - Cutelaba
#9 Aleksei Oleinik Vs. #12 Curtis Blaydes - Oleinik
Randy Brown Vs. Mickey Gall - Gall
#6 Ovince Saint Preux Vs. #7 Corey Anderson - Saint Preux
Walt Harris Vs. Mark Godbeer - Godbeer
 James Vick Vs. Joe Duffy - Vick

Main Card

Johny Hendricks Vs. Paulo Costa - Costa via 1st rd knockout
#2 Stephen Thompson Vs. #4 Jorge Masvidal - Thompson via decision
Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk Vs. #4 Rose Namajunas - Jedrzejczyk via 2nd rd knockout
Champion Cody Garbrandt Vs. #2 TJ Dillashaw - Garbrandt via 2nd rd knockout
Champion Michael Bisping Vs. Georges St. Pierre - St. Pierre via decision

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