“Jacare” Souza’s manager has been pressuring Michael Bisping to face the middleweight contender soon, but the champion says it’s not happening, even thought he recently called out Georges St-Pierre.
In recent weeks, Bisping has been campaigning for a December 10th bout with Georges St-Pierre, since at the time, all the top 185’ers were booked for bouts. The British fighter also said that he’s willing to fight Nick Diaz.
But, more recently, a knee injury forced Luke Rockhold out of a November 27th scrap with Souza. So, the latter’s manager, Gilberto Faria, has said they’re only interested in fighting Bisping next. He’s also accused the champion of ducking Souza.
Well, Bisping was on the latest “UFC Tonight”, and he proceeded to say he has a broken orbital bones and a banged up knee, following his decision win over Dan Henderson. So, why was he willing to fight GSP at UFC 206? “The Count” reportedly said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Now I know what everyone at home is going to say: ‘Didn’t you call out GSP a couple weeks ago?'” Bisping said. “Yes, I did, but really, think about this, that was a massive payday, roughly $3-4 million I would have earned from that fight. Against Jacare, I’m going to get around about a quarter.”
“I’m assuming they’re saying that I’m ducking Jacare,” Bisping added. “I’ve never ducked anybody in my life. … Next week, Yoel and Weidman are fighting. Whoever wins, either that guy, or Jacare, will be my next fight, make no mistake. But I’m not doing it in a few weeks.”
So, ya. Chances are these comments aren’t going to sit well with Souza’s fans. You can’t deny, however, that a Bisping – GSP bout would have been huge.
The Yoel Romero – Chris Weidman fight will go down on November 12th at UFC 205.