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Oddsmakers open Michael Bisping as betting favorite to be Georges St-Pierre’s next UFC opponent

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community news, Oddsmakers open Michael Bisping as betting favorite to be Georges St Pierre’s next UFC opponent

It didn’t take long for the betting world to weigh-in on the Georges St-Pierre sweepstakes.

Following news reported Wednesday by MMA Fighting that St-Pierre was on the verge of signing a new multi-fight contract with the UFC, oddsmakers at Bovada set the opening lines for the question hanging on everyone’s mind: who will be St-Pierre’s next opponent?

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping opened as the +130 betting favorite, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering that both Bisping and St-Pierre have lobbied to fight one another for several months dating back to late-2016.

But Bisping wasn’t the only name thrown into the mix. Complete opening odds can be seen below.

community news, Oddsmakers open Michael Bisping as betting favorite to be Georges St Pierre’s next UFC opponentScreenshot via Bovada

St-Pierre, 35, reigned over the UFC welterweight division from 2007 until 2013 as one of the most popular fighters in the sport. He defended his UFC title nine consecutive times — a record for the division — culminating in a hard-fought split decision over Johny Hendricks in Nov. 2013. Afterward, St-Pierre surprised many within the sport by vacating the belt and exiting the UFC on top, although he always hinted that a return could be in the cards for the right fight.

Even today, St-Pierre is widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete in mixed martial arts. In June 2016, he announced his intentions to return to the UFC and a desire to fight Bisping. A myriad of contract issues complicated that return, however it appears the worst is behind St-Pierre and the Canadian icon is targeting a fight in the third quarter of 2017.

With a lack of big-name stars at the UFC’s disposal, St-Pierre’s comeback will undoubtedly prove to be a financial boon for the new owners of the UFC — and the lucky opponent who gets selected to challenge the former champion.

Source:: mma fighting