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A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between current champion and The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight winner Michael Bisping and former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre is expected to headline this event. The bout was originally announced in March, but without a date attached. As time wore on the contest appeared to fall apart, with UFC President Dana White claiming Bisping would fight interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker next and St-Pierre would get current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. When Woodley put on a successful title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 214 in July that didn’t meet White’s standards, and with Whittaker on a 6-month medical suspension, White reverted to the initial plan, which St-Pierre and Bisping said they wanted all along.

A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Cody Garbrandt and former champion T.J. Dillashaw, was previously scheduled to serve as headliner for UFC 213. However, Garbrandt withdrew from the fight due to a back injury.The fight is expected to take place at this event.

A UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship bout between current champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk and former title challenger Rose Namajunas is scheduled to take place as the third title fight of the event.

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