Saturday 4th November 2017

Event of the day

Our event of the day 
is the UFC 217 fight between British fighter Michael Bisping and Canadian Georges St-Pierre for the middleweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York. While Bisping is the current holder of the belt, eyes will also be on St-Pierre as he bids to become only the fourth UFC fighter to hold belts in more than one weight class. It’s a fight that many people thought would never happen and with a lot on the line it promises to live up to the hype. Bisping comes into the event on a five-fight win streak including his impressive victory over American Luke Rockhold to claim the middleweight title with only 17 days’ notice.
What makes the fight even more extraordinary is that former welterweight champion St-Pierre is making his comeback from a four-year retirement, with his last fight a victory over Johnny Hendrick at UFC 167 in 2013 (his ninth consecutive title defence). Many commentators are predicting that this fight will be determined by St-Pierre’s fitness having been out of the octagon for so long and moving up in weight. With an entertaining card throughout the night it should make for an exciting climax.
Honourable mentions
around the globe go to the game between two of the most successful teams in recent Bundesliga history as Borussia Dortmund take on Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park for the first Klassiker of the season. Only 3 points separate the two sides at the top of the table ahead of today’s game. There are five NBA fixtures, including the Chicago Bulls against the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center. In cricket, England begin their Ashes tour of Australia with the first day of their warm up match against the Western Australia XI at the Waca in Perth. The Vancouver Canucks versus the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Rogers Arena is one of thirteen NHL games going on while the Rugby Union Autumn Internationals get underway as Japan face Australia in Yokohama. In the ATP Rolex Paris Masters Filip Krajinović plays John Isner and Jack Sock takes on Julien Benneteau in the semi-finals.
Whatever you're watching, enjoy.
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