How the Bookies See it:
|Method of Victory||
St-Pierre by decision or technical decision
Bisping by decision or technical decision
Bisping by KO, TKO or disqualification
- Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping has a record of 30 wins and seven losses from all of his MMA fights, and is undefeated in five bouts since a second-round tapout against Luke Rockhold back in November 2014. He gained revenge with an early stoppage of Rockhold in June 2016, before defending his Middleweight title with victory over Dan Henderson in October of last year.
- Georges ‘GSP’ St-Pierre has only lost two of his 27 career fights. However, he has not had an official bout since a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks all the way back in November 2013. He then took a break from the sport and his return was delayed by a serious knee injury and lengthy negotiations over a new UFC deal.
It is hard to draw many conclusions from the recent form of either competitor, as Bisping has not fought for over a year and St-Pierre has been out of action for one reason or another since 2013. Both men are now in their mid to late 30s and the bookies do not appear sure which fighter to favour. While Bisping is the current champion, GSP has the superior career record and has been given a marginally shorter price.
St-Pierre is undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time and a victory on his long-awaited comeback would add to the GSP legend, but he has had such an extended period of inactivity that it will be difficult to come back at the top of his game against such a formidable fighter. Bisping is expected to weigh in about 20 pounds heavier than St-Pierre - a massive size differential. ‘The Count’ has also shown his class with victories over Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold and looks a good bet to edge out GSP by unanimous decision.
Sports.net's Top Tip:
Michael Bisping to win by decision or technical decision
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