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Michael Bisping Says He’d be a “Fool” to Turn Down GSP Fight

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Michael Bisping has been taking a lot of heat from detractors and middleweight contenders, for saying he’d happily fight Georges St-Pierre, but the middleweight champ is sticking to his guns.

When GSP relayed a few months back he was interested in fighting Bisping, the British star told the former welterweight champ to bring it on. More recently, however, as St-Pierre’s return nears, Bisping has said he wants as big a fight possible. The rugged vet has said he’ll fight contenders like Yoel Romero and “Jacare” Souza, but Bisping has also made it clear he wants a big payday as well.

As a result, fighters like Romero and Souza have accused Bisping of ducking the division’s best, but “The Count” recently said this on the latest UFC Unfiltered podcast (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“If they offer me the No. 1 contender, I’ll take the No. 1 contender,” Bisping said. “If they offer me GSP, listen – I will be a fool not to take it, of course I will take GSP. If they were to offer that fight, but there’s been no word about it.”

“After three years, I think it’s a tough fight for GSP if I’m honest. Fighters know the hardest part of fighting, of course it’s the physical; but the hardest part is the mental aspect,” Bisping added. “There’s self-doubt, inner demons.”

Now, even if you don’t believe GSP should jump the title shot line, and even if you think Bisping might have reservations about facing destroyers like Romero, you can’t outright dismiss what the champ’s saying here. He would be a fool to turn down what would almost certainly be the biggest payday of his career. Especially when you consider Bisping is now 37, and when you consider that yes, he may not get through the division’s best with the belt still around his waist.

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