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Dana White Separates Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre in Toronto (UFC 217 Face-Off)

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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is on a mission to crawl under the skin of Georges St-Pierre. 

It will have been four years since St-Pierre last fought when he enters the Octagon with Bisping in the UFC 217 headliner on Nov. 4 in New York. Despite the obvious potential x-factor of ring rust that is likely to follow St-Pierre to the cage, Bisping is looking for every advantage possible. His main focus appears to be to try and rattle the former welterweight champion.

From the day their fight was first announced earlier in the year, Bisping has been needling St-Pierre, calling him every derogatory name he could think of and lobbing numerous unsubstantiated steroid accusations at him.

In the two times that they have faced off, Bisping and St-Pierre squared off in Las Vegas recently, things have gotten physical with UFC president Dana White having to step in and keep them apart. 

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Their latest altercation was on Friday following the UFC 217 press conference in Toronto. Bisping again got in St-Pierre’s face, sticking his finger on his chin, getting St-Pierre to react.

Is Bisping’s approach working? Is he getting under St-Pierre’s skin? Or is the former welterweight kingpin too savvy for the Englishman?

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Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos Winner Gets Next Title Shot Against Tyron Woodley

Rafael dos Anjos isn’t competing for an interim title fight against Robbie Lawler on Dec. 16 but he will be getting the next best thing.

On Friday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the winner of the upcoming bout between Lawler and dos Anjos would be next in line to face welterweight champion Tyron Woodley while speaking at the UFC 217 pre-fight press conference in Toronto. 

White didn’t offer any extra details on the decision other than confirming “yeah” when asked directly if the winner of Lawler vs. dos Anjos gets the next shot.

Still it’s good news for the two top five ranked welterweights who will clash in a five round main event in December with a lot more on the line now than just a win or a loss.

As a former welterweight champion, Lawler obviously wants to get back to the belt but he’d surely like to avenge his last loss to Woodley, which cost him the title in 2016.

As for dos Anjos, ever since he moved to 170 pounds, he’s been gunning for the gold and now with one more win it looks like he’ll get his chance.

Lawler vs. dos Anjos headlines the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card from Winnipeg, Canada on Dec. 16.

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Georges St-Pierre Shoves Michael Bisping After Enduring Insults at UFC 217 Press Confrence

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The war of words turned physical on Friday as Georges St-Pierre once again took a swipe at Michael Bisping following their latest press conference to promote their upcoming fight at UFC 217 in New York.

Following 30 minutes of Bisping needling at St-Pierre in front of the Toronto crowd, the fighters came nose-to-nose with UFC president Dana White standing in between them.

Bisping raised his hands towards St-Pierre’s face after jawing back and forth for a few seconds, which prompted the former welterweight champion to extend his arm for a shove before White could quickly separate them before anything else happened.

The talking didn’t stop from there as Bisping continued to fire away at St-Pierre until the press conference concluded. 

Judging by the latest face off, Bisping and St-Pierre are anxious to settle their difference when they meet at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York. 

After nearly four years on the sidelines, St-Pierre will challenge Bisping for his UFC middleweight championship. Other title fights on the UFC 217 card include Cody Garbrandt putting his bantamweight belt on the line against TJ Dillashaw, and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending against Rose Namajunas.

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