It’s all fun and games until somebody gets their throat slashed.

Former welterweight No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson gets ready for war against longtime veteran Jorge Masvidal at the upcoming UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event, set for Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night (Nov. 4, 2017).

Thompson (13-2-1) has spent the better part of a year trying to dethrone Tyron Woodley from the welterweight throne. Their first contest ended in a draw, while the second went to a ho-hum decision in favor of “The Chosen One.”

Masvidal (33-12) was one victory away from a crack at the 170-pound crown; however, Demian Maia was able to squeak past him — just barely — at UFC 211 back in May, snapping a three-fight win streak for “Gamebred.”

Watch them stare each other down at the UFC 217 media day above.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 217 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 217 click here.