In the main event of this massive card, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will return from a multi-year hiatus to battle reigning UFC middleweight champion Michael “The Count” Bisping. The co-main event of the card, finally, will see bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt and challenger TJ Dillashaw settle a long-standing beef, while the card will also feature a third title fight as strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk attempts to defend her strap against Rose Namajunas.
Other features of the card include a welterweight scrap between top contenders Jorge Masvidal and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a middleweight scrap between former welterweight champ Johny Hendricks and Paulo Borrachinha, a lightweight bout between Joe Duffy and James Vick, a welterweight bout between Mickey Gall and Randy Brown, and a light heavyweight bout between Corey Anderson and Ovince Saint Preux.
Today, all of the fighters scheduled for non-title bouts partook in a traditional pre-fight media day. Part of the day’s schedule were some awesome, pre-fight staredowns, which included some pretty interesting moments, from a handshake-denial from undercard light heavyweight Ion Cutelaba, to a mid-staredown phone call to Randy Brown, to a throat-slash from Jorge Masvidal. See it all unfold in the video at the top of this post!
Here’s a full rundown of the stacked UFC 217 card!
UFC 217 Fight Card
Main Card | 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View
- Michael Bisping (c) (30-7) vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2)*
- Cody Garbrandt (c) (11-0) vs. TJ Dillashaw (15-3)**
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) (14-0) vs. Rose Namajunas (7-3)***
- Stephen Thompson (13-2-1) vs. Jorge Masvidal (32-12)
- Johny Hendricks (18-7) vs. Paulo Henrique Borrachinha (10-0)
Prelims | 8pm ET / 5pm PT on FS1
- James Vick (11-1) vs. Joseph Duffy (17-2)
- Walt Harris (10-6) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3)
- Corey Anderson (10-3) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (21-10)
- Randy Brown (9-2) vs. Mickey Gall (4-0)
Prelims | 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm on UFC Fight Pass
- Michał Oleksiejczuk (12-2) vs. Ion Cutelaba (13-3, 1NC)
- Aleksei Oleinik (52-10-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (7-1, 1NC)
- Aiemann Zahabi (7-0) vs. Ricardo Ramos (10-1)
What features of the UFC 217 card are you most excited for?
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 1/11/2017.