The sport of MMA and its most prominent organisation are on the rise, and they’re going hard. The UFC president, Dana White, has openly stated that 2017 has been the UFC’s best year so far, and with the fight cards they have been putting together, it’s hard to disagree. In last weekend’s UFC 217 fight card, titles were taken, and records were broken. Possibly one of the best fight cards ever, UFC 217 saw three belts exchanged and a pay-per-view record broken.
The massive underdog, Rose Namajunas, demolished the undefeated strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in what was a spectacular fight. The co-headliners, T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, delivered a highly-energetic fight which proved to be not the conclusion to their rivalry, but only another step. Dillashaw reclaimed his belt and Cody vowed that he would be back.
The headlining fight saw Michael Bisping, defend his middleweight title from none other than Georges St-Pierre, who came back to the Octagon after four very long years. Not only was he away from the octagon, but GSP went up a weight class to face The Count. Georges started out strong in the first round, but Bisping bounced back. The third round looked frightening for GSP as he had an undeniable cardio problem. But, he washed all doubt away with a beautiful and very sturdy left hook which brought Bisping down, only for him to be choked out unconscious.
Michael Bisping’s loss might’ve been a blow to UK mixed martial arts fans, but it seems like Conor McGregor is getting ever closer to his return. Dana stated that by the end of this week, he would unveil the fights for UFC 219, taking place in Las Vegas on the 30th of December. He teased that there’s a high chance that Conor might be back and according to Dana’s previous statements, it’s likelier that he will face off with Tony Ferguson to defend his lightweight belt.
Even sooner, UFC 218 takes place on December 2 in Detroit, Michigan. Another packed card, featuring the likes of Alistair Overeem, Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and more, is sure to be a nonstop thriller night.
British fans will love to hear that White has revealed that 24-year-old Englishman Darren Till will face off with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the UK on February 24. As for former champion Michael Bisping, there’s a high chance he will fight his last fight next March in London.
There’s no slowing down UFC and MMA in general. With a new generation of fighters along with old legends providing excellent entertainment filled with intriguing storylines, the sport bound to expand. Lay down a bet on your favourite fighters come December 2nd at some of the best UK betting sites and make the night even more exciting!