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Freddie Roach Says Michael Bisping Turned Down Bout With GSP

Kelsey Mowatt

Michael Bisping

After learning that Georges St-Pierre was interested in fighting him, Michael Bisping told the former welterweight champ to sign on the dotted line. But according to renowned boxing coach Freddie Roach, the middleweight champ ultimately passed on the match-up….

Following Bipsing’s KO win over Luke Rockhold in June, GSP relayed that he wants to come back to the UFC, and that a bout with the British star interested him. Bisping said he’s down for the bout.

Well, more recently Dana White has revealed that the UFC is hoping to book a rematch between Bisping and Dan Henderson. There’s been no word as to whether we’ll in fact see St-Pierre back in the Octagon. Fight Hub recently spoke with Roach at his gym in Los Angeles, and when asked about the GSP – Bisping bout, he stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):

“Yeah, I do like that fight, but Bisping said no,” Roach said. “I know that fight’s not going to happen. He looked really good in training. But the thing is, there are no names out there yet. We haven’t picked anyone or we don’t have a favorite at this point.”

Now, if Bisping was actually asked about fighting GSP, he may very well have said no, because a rematch with Henderson is on the table. Bisping has made it clear he really, really wants to avenge his 2009 loss to the legend.

Later in the interview, Roach also noted that the UFC said no, in regards to Bisping – GSP as well. So, it could be a situation where the UFC understands Bisping – Henderson II will be a big fight, and that the timing is right to get that done. The 45 year-old “Hendo” can’t fight forever after all…

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