Michael Bisping has repeatedly said already that Georges St-Pierre is in for a rude awakening when they fight later this year, and the middleweight champ’s coach is echoing those sentiments.
Since St-Pierre expressed an interest in facing Bisping last year, the latter’s argued he’s going to be much too big and too powerful for the former welterweight champ. At a pre-fight presser last week, Bisping once again fired away at GSP’s size, and argued that the game’s changed since the Canadian last fought in 2013.
Well, Bisping’s striking coach, Jason Parillo, was on hand at the World MMA Awards, and he had this to say about the upcoming match-up (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Michael Bisping’s never ducked anybody in his whole career. He’s fought everybody. The last three fighters would kick GSP’s a** today. In a heartbeat. Do you understand what I’m saying? They would kick the s**t out of GSP. Are we concerned in fact that GSP can beat Michael Bisping? Of course. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day, especially a talented fighter like GSP. But we’ve been preparing for bigger beasts, badder beasts, stronger beasts and we’re gonna prepare for this guy. I promise you, Michael Bisping is gonna be good to go.”
Now, if you need a refresher, Bisping’s last three opponents were Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. Bisping KO’d Rockhold in the opening round, but earned tightly contested decisions over Silva and Henderson. There’s no question, however, that all three are much bigger men than GSP.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how Bisping – GSP plays out. Bisping has great takedown defense and fantastic hands. But, GSP is one of the all-time greats. Is the star an even better fighter than he was when he took his hiatus? As he’s reported?
The two are expected to fight sometime this summer, and Dana White has said he hopes to book the bout for International Fight Week in July.