Chris Weidman wasn’t on board with the UFC giving Dan Henderson a shot at Michael Bisping back in October, so it’s not surprising to hear he’s not down with Georges St-Pierre fighting for the 185 title.
After Bisping shocked the MMA world by taking out Luke Rockhold last June, Weidman made it clear he didn’t think the British fighter’s reign would be long. But, that was before Bisping fought and decisioned the legendary Henderson, and way before anyone thought GSP could even possibly fight for a middleweight title next.
Well, by the time the Bisping – GSP bout goes down, “The Count’s” run as champion will already be over a year. Recently Weidman was a guest on “Submission Radio“, and here’s some of what the former champ had to say about Bisping – GSP (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It’s definitely holding up the division which sucks for everybody in the middleweight division. I understand GSP, he gets the opportunity to fight for the middleweight title against a guy who’s probably less dangerous for him than even at welterweight, fighting a guy like Tyron Woodley. It’s a great opportunity for GSP so I understand where he’s going.
“Bisping, it’s a great opportunity for him. He gets to make a lot of money fighting GSP and it’s a guy who’s coming up from welterweight who hasn’t fought in three years and, again, he’s not fighting a top contender in the middleweight division. So for those two guys it’s working out great, but for the rest of the division, it kind of sucks.”
Even the biggest GSP fans can’t really argue here. He has never fought at 185 in the UFC, and as a result, he hasn’t really earned a shot at the middleweight title. 170? Sure. After all, GSP is the greatest welterweight of all time and never lost the belt.
Now, does any of this mean Bisping – GSP shouldn’t be one everyone’s must see list? No. Weidman, meanwhile, will take on fellow contender Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210, April 8th.