THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 8/10: St-Pierre signs bout agreement, Jon Jones’s injured arm, Gilbert Melendez moves to featherweight, Mayweather-McGregor

Georges St-Pierre signs bout agreement to fight Michael Bisping

After months of talk and negotiations, former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre is officially set to make his return at UFC 217. St-Pierre will move up a weight class and face the current UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Title.

Georges made the announcement by posting a picture of himself on Instagram signing the bout agreement. When St-Pierre finally steps into the cage on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden, it will end his four-year hiatus from the sport. George’s last fight was a split decision win against Johny Hendricks on Nov. 16, 2013 at UFC 167.

Jon Jones suffered arm injury days before Daniel Cormier fight

In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Jon Jones’s coach Mike Winklejohn revealed that Jones injured his arm two days before UFC 214. Winklejohn said that Jones hurt the arm a couple of nights before the fight while he was wrestling. As a result, he had trouble lifting his arm over his head.

Although Jones was injured, Winklejohn said the Lightweight Champion never once thought about cancelling the fight. “He didn’t say anything about it,” Winkeljohn said. “Let me put it that way: no matter what — how much it hurt, whether it was tingling or felt weak — Jon didn’t say anything; he just went and fought. And that’s why Jon Jones is a champion. He has that mindset.”

Despite the injury, Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier in the third round after landing a head kick followed by a series of punches leading to a ref stoppage.


-Current UFC Lightweight Gilbert Melendez will move down to featherweight to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215. Melendez discussed the move during a recent interview on the MMA Hour. Melendez thinks the move will reinvent him and allow him to impose his will at 145.

-The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will vote on the glove size for the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight at a meeting on Aug. 16. Mayweather and McGregor will both have to weigh-in at 154 lbs. Under NSAC rules, fights at the 154 lb. limit must use 10 oz. gloves. However, Mayweather recently petitioned the commission to allow the use of 8 oz. gloves.

-Conor McGregor vs. Canelo Alvarez? In a recent interview with Fansided, the Mexican boxer said he would consider a potential bout with the Irishman, but only if McGregor beats Mayweather. Alvarez said, “If that miracle was to happen, then we have a conversation.”

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