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Michael Bisping’s days in 4-ounce gloves are numbered.

In a Monday appearance on “The MMA Hour,” the UFC middleweight champion revealed his upcoming date with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 might be his last.

“There’s a possibility this might be my last fight. I don’t know if I’ll ever fight again after this,” Bisping said. “What a way to go out if it is.

“I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll see what the future holds. There’s a possibility, yeah. This may be my last fight, so if anyone wants to see Michael Bisping get knocked out, this is your last chance to do it, guys.”

The 38-year-old Brit won the title with a first-round KO of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, a decade into his promotional stint and a dozen years into his 37-fight career after battling injuries and rebounding from several failed attempts to earn a title shot. In January, he publicly mulled hanging up his gloves following two more wins, but going out on top against the greatest welterweight of all time – at Madison Square Garden, no less – is not outside the realm of possibility.

“I’ve done it for so long. I’ve done it for so long now, and there’s other things to do in life,” Bisping said. “I mean, I still love this, don’t get me wrong, but you can’t do it forever. You can’t do it forever, and Georges should’ve stayed retired. He should’ve retired as a champion. I’m going to beat Georges and I’ll retire as a champion – maybe – I haven’t made my mind up on that yet. It depends, if there’s enough money involved, maybe I’ll stick around, but as of right now, I don’t know.”

Bisping said his inner circle has been urging him to retire for some time. With a regular gig on the UFC’s FOX Sports 1 desk and a career on both the big and small screen, he’s far better prepared for post-Octagon life than most, although he maintained retiring with a win at MSG would maximize those revenue streams.

He welcomes St-Pierre to the middleweight division Nov. 4 in the main event of a star-studded UFC 217.

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Joanna Champion got her wish.

The UFC announced Tuesday that the women’s strawweight champion will defend her title at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York, as she had hoped, where she will take on No. 3-ranked Rose Namajunas.

After her successful title defense against Jessica Andrade in May, Jedrzejczyk said she wanted her next fight to come at the famed New York arena.

Jedrzejczyk is a sparkling 14-0 and has defended her title five times.

She may meet her toughest match in Namajunas, however. “Thug Rose” is coming off a second-round submission of Michelle Waterson at UFC Fight Night in April. She has won four of her last five bouts.

Her last defeat came at UFC 201 in July 2016 against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, an opponent Jedrzejczyk defeated at UFC 205 via unanimous decision.

The fight joins a loaded UFC 217 card, which also features a middleweight title bout between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre.

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Not only is the middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre back on, both parties have agreed to the fight and it’s scheduled for UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports, citing sources.

The fight has been on and off again since late February. UFC president Dana White declared the matchup dead in early July and targeted welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley as GSP’s next opponent, but after Woodley failed to impress Saturday at UFC 214, White gave the green light to GSP-Bisping.

Bisping hasn’t fought since defeating Dan Henderson in his first title defense at UFC 204 in October of last year. St-Pierre’s last time in the Octagon was in November 2013 when he defended his welterweight title against Johny Hendricks.

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Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”

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The New York Rangers plan to pay tribute to a legendary former Blueshirt.

Jean Ratelle’s iconic No. 19 will be lifted to the rafters of Madison Square Garden next season, the club announced Saturday.

The 76-year-old was named to the NHL’s list of its 100 greatest players and took part in the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles last month.

Ratelle ranks second in franchise history with 336 goals, and third with 817 points.

His 491 career goals combined with the Rangers and the Boston Bruins rank 47th on the NHL’s all-time list.

Ratelle was a two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner who spent parts of 16 seasons with the Rangers.

He was also a member of Canada’s victorious 1972 Summit Series squad and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

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After being treated to a smattering of boos from the Madison Square Garden faithful, Carmelo Anthony could only look to a familiar face for comfort.

Anthony drew comparisons to Knicks legend Patrick Ewing in describing the intense scrutiny that comes with being New York‘s star player.

“Without a doubt,” Anthony told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk when asked if he respected Ewing more after stepping into his shoes in New York. “As a student of the game, you know what people go through in their own respective situations.

“Knowing the history of the game and knowing the history here and the players, he was one of those guys who kind of can relate to what I’m going through. Being able to still try to perform at a high level and block everything out, I mean, that’s somebody I can say understands what I’m dealing with.”

As it happens, Ewing was in town on Friday as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets. The beloved franchise center had no advice beyond just accepting the circus that surrounds the Knicks.

“I just blocked it out and did my job,” Ewing told the George Willis of the New York Post. “You have to have tough skin. You can’t worry about what people think. As long as you’re out there doing your best, that’s all you can do.”

Much like how the declining Anthony is being chased out of town at the moment, Knicks fans also grew frustrated at Ewing two decades back. He was eventually dealt to the Seattle Supersonics in 2000 after leading the Knicks to 13-straight playoff appearances.

That same episode is now playing itself out 17 years later, although in the case of Anthony he hasn’t come close to what Ewing did for the Knicks. The parallels end with Anthony and Ewing’s situation, not what they accomplished while wearing the Knicks uniform.

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Miesha Tate is getting back in the saddle against a hungry top-10 opponent.

On Friday, the UFC announced the former women’s bantamweight champion will face No. 8-ranked Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York. It will be Tate’s first fight since losing her title to Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 200 in July.

Tate claimed UFC gold with her dramatic rear-naked choke submission of Holly Holm at UFC 196, only to lose her first defense when Nunes submitted Tate inside of a round. Tate is currently ranked as the No. 1 contender, having won five straight fights before being defeated by Nunes.

Though the bout order has not been set, the quickly rising Pennington will likely compete in her first PPV main-card fight since a split-decision loss to Holm in February 2015. “Rocky” has won three straight bouts and four of her past five, including a split decision over one-time title contender Bethe Correia.

Tate-Pennington joins an increasingly stacked UFC 205 card. The promotion’s New York debut is expected to be headlined by a pair of title fights – a strawweight championship bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz has already been announced, while welterweight champion Tyron Woodley said he’ll defend his belt against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.