MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: St-Pierre signs bout agreement to face Bisping at UFC 217

Georges St-Pierre will return to the Octagon for the first time since November 2013 when he takes on Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title nearly four years later at UFC 217 on November 4th.

St-Pierre (25-2) is coming off a split-decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. The 36-year-old is currently riding a 12-fight win streak. Bisping (30-7) captured the middleweight title after defeating Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in June 2016. The 38-year-old has only defended his title once, earning a unanimous-decision victory over Dan Henderson in October at UFC 204.

Johny Hendricks also faces Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217

MMAFighting reported on Wednesday that former welterweight champion Hendricks will battle Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217 on November 4th in New York.

Hendricks (18-7) is coming off a second-round TKO setback to Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 112 in a matchup where he missed weight. "Big Rigg" has lost four of his last five fights. Borrachinha (10-0) has gone 2-0 in the UFC, earning stoppage victories over Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. The 26-year-old has finished nine of his 10 career fights in the first round.

James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano set for Bellator's return to Dublin

MMAFighting also broke the news Wednesday that SBG standout James Gallagher will take on Jeremiah Labiano at Bellator's upcoming return to Dublin, Ireland on November 10th.

Gallagher (6-0) is coming off a first-round submission victory over Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180 in April. The 20-year-old has gone 4-0 in Bellator, with three of those wins ending by submission.

Labiano (11-5) has gone 2-1 under the Bellator banner, and he is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Stephen Cervantes at Conquer FC 4 in June, when he captured the promotion's featherweight title. The 30-year-old boasts wins over Tyson Nam and Team Alpha Male standout Vince Murdock.

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