Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre UFC 217 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17
St-Pierre vs. Bisping
UFC: Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: St-Pierre -143 / Bisping +120 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.
Michael Bisping enters this fight with a 31-7 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by knockout. Bisping has won his last five fights and is coming off a October win over Dan Henderson. Bisping is averaging 4.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.5 percent. Bisping is averaging 1.1 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.3 percent. Bisping hasn’t lost since his 2014 fight with Luke Rockhold and will be defending his belt for the second time. Bisping is getting up there in age at nearly 39 years old and it’s going to be interesting to see if there’s any rust after not fighting for a year. Of course, when in good form, Bisping is a terrific standup fighter with a background in boxing and kickboxing, and he has pure knockout power. Bisping is also a tough fighter who has only been finished three times in seven losses and can hold his own on the canvas when needed. Few can hang with Bisping when he’s able to strike away freely. This will be Bisping’s first fight in New York.
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Georges St-Pierre enters this fight with a 25-2 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by decision. St-Pierre has won his last 12 fights and is coming off a 2013 win over Johny Hendricks. St-Pierre is averaging 3.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.8 percent. St-Pierre is averaging 4.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 74.4 percent. It’s been nearly four years since St-Pierre has been in the octagon, so I’m not sure anybody knows what to expect. St-Pierre tore his ACL in 2014 and is now 36 years old with his last loss coming in 2007 against Matt Serra. When in good form, St-Pierre is one of the smarter fighters in the sport who doesn’t put himself in great danger, and he’s a fabulous wrestler who is highly effective with his takedowns and controls fights on the canvas. St-Pierre is a great athlete who can hold his own anywhere the fight goes, which explains why he’s lost just once over the last decade-plus. This will be St-Pierre’s first fight in New York.
One of the better fights we’ve seen in a while, you can make a case for either side in this contest. Bisping has the power advantage and has far less questions about his form considering we saw him fight last year. St-Pierre is one of the more versatile fighters in the sport, hasn’t lost in a decade, but so much time off creates question marks to just how effective he’ll be in his return. Usually I shy away from guys who have been gone for an extended period, but I’m going to back St-Pierre in this fight. His grappling and wrestling is the difference for me, as he’ll be able to control the fight in the clinch and on the canvas, taking Bisping out of his comfort zone and limiting his striking power. St-Pierre should be able to get this fight where he wants it, and that gives him an advantage in this clash of titans.
I like St-Pierre to win his UFC return.