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UFC 217: Cody Garbrandt tweets title defence against TJ Dillashaw

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.

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.

Meanwhile, lightweight contenders No.2 Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) and No.1 Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) continue to jaw on Twitter who refused to fight at UFC 217.

More bouts are expected to be officially announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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