Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns from nearly a four-year layoff on Saturday as he faces Michael Bisping for Bisping's middleweight championship in the main event of UFC 217 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
When you have a fight like St-Pierre vs. Bisping at UFC 217, there are plenty of bets to be made.
UFC 217: St-Pierre vs. Bisping odds
The St-Pierre vs. Bisping odds are pretty narrow. Online sportsbook Bovada's fight odds (as of October 31), have St-Pierre as a slight favorite at -130 which means you'd need to wager $130 to win $100. Bisping is at EVEN, you'd need to wager $100 to win $100.
UFC 217: St-Pierre vs. Bisping predictions, picks
Steven Muehlhausen (@SMuehlhausenMMA)
There’s a reason Georges St-Pierre picked Michael Bisping for his first fight in nearly four years and at middleweight. As good as Bisping’s conditioning is and possessing the heart of a champion, that will only win you so many fights.
Not to take anything from Bisping winning the title, but let’s look at how he won the title. He won the belt in a short notice fight against Luke Rockhold, who underestimated the Brit and retained the title in a narrow decision over a 46-year-old Dan Henderson.
And comparing Machida to St-Pierre? Not perfect yes, but not even in the same universe. Machida’s time away was self-inflicted by failing a drug test while St-Pierre’s was self-imposed.
Bisping doesn’t have overwhelming power and working with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach, who will be in St-Pierre’s corner gives him a distinct advantage. He already had a better than average jab which won him plenty of fights like the second fight against Josh Koscheck, Johny Hendricks and Jake Shields. And St-Pierre can always rely on old faithful, his wrestling. Before he took his hiatus, we were talking about St-Pierre having the best wrestling in the all of MMA.
Let’s remember this as well. Even though he’s a current world champion and entering his 38th career fight, this is the biggest one of them. St-Pierre has been in this position before and won’t affect him in the slightest bit.
E. Spencer Kyte (@SpencerKyte)
Could GSP come back and wrestle Bisping to the canvas for 25 minutes? It’s certainly possible given; 1. St-Pierre’s pedigree and; 2. Tim Kennedy did something similar to Bisping back in the day, but man, I’m having a hard time envisioning my fellow Canadian returning after four years on the sidelines (and another ACL repair) to upend “The Count” in this one.
Bisping has outstanding conditioning and pace, tons of heart and has looked pretty damn good over his last several fights, save for the odd dicey moment here and there. You know he’s going to be in St-Pierre’s face from Jump Street and given the time off and shift in divisions, I tend to favor the champion once this fight starts heading into the third, fourth and fifth round.
We just saw Lyoto Machida come back after two years away and get trucked and while it’s not a perfect comparison, St-Pierre has been out twice as long, is moving up in weight and facing a very, very good fighter.
I know it could get me deported, but I’m picking against the returning French-Canadian.
UFC 217: St-Pierre vs. Bisping prop bets
Method of Victory Props
Method of Victory - 5 Rounds
Georges St-Pierre wins inside distance 10/3
Georges St-Pierre wins by 5 round decision 33/20
Michael Bisping wins inside distance 5/2
Michael Bisping wins by 5 round decision 12/5
Method of Victory
Georges St-Pierre wins by decision or technical decision 33/20
Georges St-Pierre wins by KO, TKO or DQ 6/1
Georges St-Pierre wins by submission 6/1
Michael Bisping wins by decision or technical decision 12/5
Michael Bisping wins by KO, TKO or DQ 5/2
Michael Bisping wins by submission 18/1
Draw or Technical draw 65/1
Will the fight go the distance?
Yes -160 (5/8)
No +115 (23/20)
Over 4.5 Rounds -155 (20/31)
Under 4.5 Rounds +110 (11/10)
Round Betting - 5 Rounds
Georges St-Pierre in Round 1 19/2
Georges St-Pierre in Round 2 11/1
Georges St-Pierre in Round 3 15/1
Georges St-Pierre in Round 4 22/1
Georges St-Pierre in Round 5 28/1
Georges St-Pierre on points 33/20
Michael Bisping in Round 1 8/1
Michael Bisping in Round 2 19/2
Michael Bisping in Round 3 11/1
Michael Bisping in Round 4 15/1
Michael Bisping in Round 5 20/1
Michael Bisping on points 12/5
Fight to complete 1 full round
Yes -850 (2/17)
No +425 (17/4)
Fight to complete 2 full rounds
Yes -375 (4/15)
No +240 (12/5)
Fight to complete 3 full rounds
Yes -240 (5/12)
No +165 (33/20)
Fight to complete 4 full rounds
Yes -190 (10/19)
Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. You can listen to his podcast, "The Fight Junkies" here . You can email him at email@example.com and can find him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .