Tonight the UFC is back in New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the only the second time in its history. And they’ve come with an incredibly stacked card boasting three title fights and the return of a bona fide MMA legend.
The main even sees UFC middleweight Michael Bisping put his belt on the line versus the returning Georges St-Pierre. GSP, the former UFC welterweight champion, last fought in 2013 and has never competed at 185lbs. Will Rush reign supreme or will ring rust mean The Count gets the better of him?
Before Bisping vs. GSP there is a genuine grudge match on the table with UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt defending against former champ (and former teammate) T.J. Dillashaw. We’ve had a war or words, accusations, and grainy sparring footage, now we’ll see who the better man is in an eight sided cage.
And before that title fight the UFC women’s strawweight belt is up for grabs. Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is trying to tie Ronda Rousey for the most consecutive title defenses by a woman in the UFC. Standing between her and that feat is “Thug” Rose Namajunas. Will Joanna still be Joanna Champion after this or will Rose be crowned queen?
Rounding out the main card is Stephen Thompson against Jorge Masvidal at 170lb and Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Henrique Costa at 185lbs.
The FS1 Prelim card starts at 8:00pm EST and the featured bout there is a lightweight clash between the streaking James Vick and McGregor-Slayer “Irish” Joseph Duffy. The rest of that card includes bouts between heavyweights Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer, light heavyweights Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson, and welterweights Randy Brown and Mickey Gall.
The UFC early Fight Pass Prelims, which begin at 7:00pm EXT, only has two bouts after USADA pulled Ion Cutelaba from his fight with Michal Oleksiejczuk. The remaining action includes Aleksei Oleinik vs. Curtis Blaydes at heavyweight and Aiemann Zahabi vs. Ricardo Ramos at bantamweight.
Check out all the ways you can watch the action below:
- If you’re in NYC and wanting to watch the fights up-close, there are tickets still available on ticketmaster.
- The first two fights of the night are available exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
- The UFC 217 pay-per-view card can be purchased online through UFC.tv. It begins at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT and is available in 4K. The PPV can also be purchased through UFC Fight Pass.
- The pay-per-view is also available for purchase on the UFC's official YouTube channel.
- The FS1 prelim portion of the card is also available on the FOX Sports GO digital streaming service.
- The prelims will air on FOX Sports 1 in the US, beginning at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
- Almost every major cable or satellite provider offers the PPV in either standard or high definitions. A list of US carriers is available here.
- TV streaming services Roku, Apple TV, LG Smart Apps, Amazon FireTV, and Samsung Apps will carry the UFC Fight Pass prelim bouts (you need a UFC Fight Pass membership to view, though). Fight Pass can also be accessed with Xbox Live.
- The PPV is also available for purchase on Apple TV, Samsung Apps, Amazon FireTV, and LG Smart Apps, as well as Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store (through their dedicated gaming consoles).
- Those with Android or Apple devices can watch UFC 215 on apps available at the Google Play and iTunes stores.
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