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Sport UFC 218: Title opponent for Robert Whittaker all but confirmed after Georges St-Pierre defeats Michael Bisping

10:36  05 november  2017
10:36  05 november  2017 Source:   smh.com.au

UFC 221 to be held in Perth in February

  UFC 221 to be held in Perth in February The UFC is heading to Perth for a pay per-view event in 2018.The UFC is heading to Perth for a pay-per-view event in 2018.

Interim UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will almost certainly fight UFC legend Georges St - Pierre in 2018 to unify the belts after a comprehensive victory for the Canadian on Sunday against England's Michael Bisping .

Interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker shares his thoughts on the main event of UFC 217 between Michael Bisping and Georges St - Pierre . Subscribe to

No love lost: T.J Dillashaw defeated bitter rival Cody Garbrandt to win the title.© AP No love lost: T.J Dillashaw defeated bitter rival Cody Garbrandt to win the title. Interim UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will almost certainly fight UFC legend Georges St-Pierre in 2018 to unify the belts after a comprehensive victory for the Canadian on Sunday against England's Michael Bisping.

Despite it being some four years since St-Pierre, who is widely considered one of the greatest UFC fighters ever, if not the greatest, had stepped inside the octagon, he showed no signs of rust through a fairly even first two rounds before choking out Bisping in the final minute of the third round, as the Australian applauded at ringside.

Controversial UFC to come to Perth next year

  Controversial UFC to come to Perth next year A controversial Ultimate Fighting Championship event will be held at Perth Arena on next February and is expected to attract around 8,000 interstate and international visitors to Western Australia. It’s the first time a UFC event will be held in Western Australia after the State Government overturned a ban on the ‘cage like’ enclosure used in the sport earlier this year.Australia’s first UFC champion Rob Whittaker, who was in Perth for the announcement, will take on the winner of this Sunday’s clash between England’s Michael Bisping and Canadian Gorges St Pierre.

Georges St - Pierre (GSP) vacated his UFC middleweight title on Thursday, thereby claiming the shortest title reign in UFC history. Это видео недоступно. Georges St - Pierre Vacates UFC Middleweight Title , Robert Whittaker Becomes Champ.

Michael Bisping (left) Georges St - Pierre Getty Images. Bisping and St - Pierre have been circling each other for a year with the alleged super fight rumored, called off, announced, canceled, and confirmed seemingly ad nauseam.

"I don't have a word in my mouth right now. It's a dream come true," he told Joe Rogan after the fight.

"He hurt me, a few times I got stung - I tried to hide it - I wouldn't like to do that fight again!"

Huge upset: Rose Namajunas celebrates after her win as Joanna Jedrzejczyk regains her composure.© AP Huge upset: Rose Namajunas celebrates after her win as Joanna Jedrzejczyk regains her composure. When asked about whether he would remain at middleweight to defend the gold in a fight with Whittaker, 'Rush' ruled out any chance of his foray into the middleweight division lasting just one fight. When speaking about his weight, he said: "There's a point that it's too much - but now I'm at the point that it's OK.

"I studied a lot of Michael's tape. I knew he had problems with a shot coming to his right. Michael is the toughest guy I've fought. This man is amazing. He's a true example of hard work and perserverance. All my respect to you, man."

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  ‘Doctor Who’ Dalek actor Nicholas Pegg fired over rude coded message He allegedly included a coded message in the current edition of Doctor Who Magazine. The Mirror reports that Pegg, under the pen name The Watcher, spelled out “Panini and BBC Worldwide are c---s” using the first letter of each sentence in his column. BBC distributes the series, while Panini publishes the magazine.“If you look hard enough, there is always something hidden in plain sight,” he also wrote a clue at the end of his article. The digital version of his column has since been edited.“The matter was raised with the publisher who has dismissed the writer,” a BBC Worldwide spokesman told the Mirror.

St - Pierre looked big and muscular in his middleweight debut and was 3-for-3 on takedown attempts against the larger Bisping . After the bout, GSP never quite committed to whether he would stay at 185 pounds, where Robert Whittaker holds the division's interim title .

Share Georges St - Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title ; Robert Whittaker crowned undisputed champion. A little more than a month after beating Michael Bisping to win the belt, St - Pierre has decided to vacate the title .

Known in the sport as one of the greatest trash talkers ever, Bisping was humble after the defeat, offering praise to the new champion. "You gotta give it up to Georges. He was the better man tonight," he said, while also ruling out any talk that this would be his last fight.

St-Pierre returns to capture UFC middleweight title

  St-Pierre returns to capture UFC middleweight title Georges St-Pierre made a victorious return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, ending his four-year exile from mixed martial arts by winning the organization’s middleweight title with a dramatic submission victory over Michael Bisping. Many had wondered whether the Canadian could resume his prior dominance after such a long layoff, especially with moving up to middleweight from his more natural division of welterweight.No problem.The decisive moment of an entertaining and hard-fought contest came towards the end of the third round, when St-Pierre popped Bisping with a stout left hand and sent him to the canvas.

In the meantime, Robert Whittaker put together quite the resume, defeating two top-five opponents to claim an interim middleweight title as a way of keeping the division moving. Now, with St - Pierre having just wrested the title from Bisping and Whittaker waiting in the wings

Georges St - Pierre , who defeated Michael Bisping for the UFC 's middleweight title in November, announced he will no longer defend the belt. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports.

"I'm not done. I know I spoke about retirement."

Bisping had ruled out travelling to Perth for UFC 221, but with GSP taking the win, we now may see Whittaker v GSP as the headline to the pay-per-view - in what would certainly be the biggest fight in Australian MMA history, and perhaps the biggest in any combat sport.

Earlier, there were a pair of title upsets in the lead-up, with two previously undefeated champions each being shocked with an early stoppage.

Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, who was 11-0 going into the fight, was beaten by former friend turned bitter rival T.J. Dillashaw, who registered a TKO win midway through the second round.

After a cagey opening five minutes, Dillishaw rocked the champ with a vicious kick to the head, before closing in with a barrage of blows that forced a stoppage. It is Dillashaw's second title reign, after losing the belt in a controversial split decision to Dominick Cruz at the start of 2016.

Dillishaw had entered the contest as a slight betting underdog, but that was nothing compared to the women's strawweight title fight that preceded it, which gave us possibly an even bigger upset than when Ronda Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm in Melbourne.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk entered the octagon at Madison Square Garden with 14 fights and zero losses - with eight of those wins coming since joining the UFC back in 2014. Few gave American challenger Rose Namajunas much of a chance, but she didn't take long to shock the world, ending the fight after roughly three minutes of the first round with a flurry of punches.

‘Doctor Who’: BBC unveils Jodie Whittaker’s signature costume .
Jodie Whittaker’s outfit as the new “Doctor Who” has been revealed. The first ever female titular character of the show will make her debut on the Christmas Special episode when Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi regenerates into Thirteen.BBC has unveiled what would be Whittaker’s signature costume when the Thirteenth Doctor starts her episodes in 2018. In the photo tweeted by the show’s official account, the 35-year-old actress is seen wearing black shirt with a band of colourful stripes, yellow suspenders holding up blue cropped trousers, and an oversized grey trench coat with dark lining.

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