UFC bantamweight champion Cody Grarbrandt (11-0-0) took to Twitter yesterday to reveal he is scheduled to defend his belt against former champion TJ Dillashaw (14-3-0) at New York City’s UFC 217 Nov. 4.
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 9, 2017
Garbrandt and Dillashaw – who both trained at Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male gym before Dillashaw left for Duane Ludwig’s Elevation Fight Team in late 2015 – were originally supposed to meet at UFC 213, but “No Love” suffered a back injury that put the fight on the shelf.
Madison Square Garden will be the venue for Garbrandt’s first title defence and while the card is still developing, several high-profile matchups are expected to be officially announced by the company.
The only other official bout is former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (18-7-0) and newcomer Paulo Borrachinha (10-0-0), who has seen the second round only once thus far.
Former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (25-2-0) recently tweeted he has signed an agreement to challenge middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event.
Finally signing my UFC 217 Bout Agreement vs. Michael Bisping for Nov. 4th at MSG – Get ready for a big night in NYC!!! pic.twitter.com/VgqIVnsLwv
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) August 9, 2017
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 9, 2017
You don't need my manager, I'm the one who fights with you. Take the fight or tell fans that you looking for easy way.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) August 9, 2017
More bouts are expected to be officially announced.