Georges St. Pierre is officially back, and this time he has an opponent.
On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White announced on SportsCenter that St. Pierre will be facing Michael Bisping for the middleweight title sometime in the second half of 2017. Both fighters will appear at a press conference in Las Vegas on Friday where more details will be discussed. As of now, an exact date and venue have not been confirmed.
Due to USADA’s regulations, St. Pierre is required to undergo four months of PED-testing before being allowed to compete, which is why the bout will take place later in the year.
The former welterweight champion was re-signed by the UFC mid-February following several months of failed negotiations and Bisping was high on the list of potential opponents.
St. Pierre (25-2) last fought at UFC 167 in 2013 where he won a controversial split-decision over Johny Hendricks, after which he announced he would be taking time off from the sport. Prior to his retirement, he had defended the 170-lb title nine consecutive times which includes wins over BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit, and Nick Diaz.
Bisping (30-7) won the middleweight title at UFC 199 where he knocked out Luke Rockhold in the opening round. He followed that up with a unanimous decision victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in October.