Return date announced for former 3-time UFC champion? Victor Decolongon/Getty Images
attends the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

After defeating Demian Maia at UFC 214, Tyron Woodley announced he would fight Georges St. Pierre in the three-time champion’s return to the Octagon on November 4 at Madison Square Garden.

UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday that St-Pierre has officially come out of retirement and would face the winner of the Woodley bout. St. Pierre has discussed different options.

St-Pierre was absent from Wednesday’s press conference promoting UFC 214, but was represented by his CAA agent Nick Khan.

“They’re going to ask to fight [middleweight champion Michael] Bisping, because Georges doesn’t want to fight me,” Woodley said on stage.

Bisping, who is still recovering from a knee injury, has been training at a Costa Mesa gym and told the Los Angeles Times that he believes his next opponent will be Robert Whittaker, who defeated top-ranked contender Yoel Romero during UFC 213’s main event.

“The Bisping ship has sailed. It’s gone,” White told Woodley. “You win on Saturday, it’s going to be you, pal.”


St-Pierre (25-2) was originally scheduled to face Bisbing on July 8, but plans were delayed as Bisbing — who hasn’t fought since October — instead opted for knee surgery.

The three-time welterweight champion’s last match took place on Nov. 16, 2013, when he defeated Johny Hendricks in a split decision at UFC 167.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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