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UFC back at Madison Square Garden with 3 title fights

November 4, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — UFC is back at MSG.

The top MMA promotion returned to Madison Square Garden for the second time in history with a loaded UFC 217 card on Saturday night. UFC has three title fights on the pay-per-view card headlined by the return of one of the sport's greats, Georges St. Pierre, after a four-year sabbatical.

St. Pierre (25-2) challenges champion Michael Bisping (30-7) for the 185-pound championship. Cody Garbrandt (11-0) puts the 135-pound title on the line against T.J. Dillashaw (14-3). And Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) defends the 115-pound belt against Rose Namajunas (16-3). With a win, Jedrzejczyk would match Ronda Rousey among UFC's women with a record sixth successful title defense.

Jedrzejczyk won her bout at UFC's debut at MSG in November 2017. That card drew a $17 million gate and was the richest of all time for a sports event at the famed arena. UFC President Dana White says UFC 217 is on pace to become the third-highest grossing sporting event in MSG history.



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