A UFC event usually lives or dies by its main card, and such is the fate of the UFC Picks. It’s fair to say that UFC 217 is set to thrive, as the headlining fight is one that we have all been waiting years to see. The final fight of the night will see the return of George St.-Pierre to the octagon after a 4-year absence.

His return to the UFC is exciting enough, but when you combine that with the fact that he will be going against Michael Bisping, you can bet that we are in for a night of fireworks at Madison Square Garden this coming Saturday, November 4. Beside the big fight, there are a few other good ones on the main card, so let’s take a closer look at what we have to look forward to, with a few predictions sprinkled in.

Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal

This is one that could play out more like a boxing match than anything else, as both of these fighters like to stand toe to toe. Thompson uses karate skills to overcome opponents, and while he is considered one of the best in the welterweight division, you need to go back almost 18 months to find the last time he picked up a UFC win. His opponent, Masvidal, is all about boxing, so things could get explosive in this one. Both men need a win to stay in title contention, and I think Thompson has the better skill set, which should get him the win here.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas

A strawweight title fight, with two impressive female fighters going head to head. Jedrzeyczyk is unbeaten in UFC and the obvious favorite, but she will get all she can handle against Rose Namajunas, who has worked hard and come up with some big wins to earn her title shot. The problem that Namajunas is going to have here is that she is still relatively inexperienced, and also still has some issues with defense. I think the champ will land some big blows that eventually lead to a KO win.

Rose Namajunas

Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw

This is about that would easily be the man event on any other night, as there is some history and possible bad blood between these two fighters. Garbrandt and Dillashaw were, at one time, members of Team Alpha Male, as well as sparring partners, but things turned sour when Dillashaw decided that it was time to jump ship and move on. The two fighters bring very contrasting styles to the octagon. Dillashaw will win if he can get his opponent on the canvas, whereas Garbranst’s best shot comes from drawing TJ into a slugfest. This is one that looks destined to go the distance, and I like Garbrandt to win in what might end up being a split decision.

Michael Bisping vs. George St.-Pierre

It was beginning to reach a point where we all believed that we would never see GSP in the octagon again, but 4 years after vacating his title and walking away from the sport, he is back in a huge fight versus Michael Bisping. Working in the favor of the champ in this one is that he is a legend at the Middleweight level, whereas GSP is stepping up in weight class to take this fight on. This may make things tough on St.-Pierre, as we all know that he likes to take his opponents to the canvas. This all seems set up for a Bisping win, but I can’t shake the feeling that GSP is going to make a glorious return and win by decision.