Fighters continue to field questions about the planned bout between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, and like others have voiced, Demetrious Johnson doesn’t agree with the UFC’s decision.
St-Pierre has been tapped for a fight with the middleweight champ, after taking a three plus year hiatus from fighting. The bout doesn’t have an official date yet, but UFC President Dana White has said he’s hoping to book it for early July.
Recently Johnson appeared on “The MMA Hour”, in advance of his April 15th fight with Wilson Reis. When asked for his thoughts on Bisping – GSP, here is some of what the flyweight champ had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“He should be fighting Yoel Romero,” Johnson said. “Yoel Romero has beaten everybody. He hasn’t fought Yoel Romero. That’s the No. 1 contender.”
“I don’t have a problem with GSP fighting Michael Bisping,” Johnson added. “I think if GSP came back and fought a top-five middleweight and beat that person, and then got a title shot, I think people would be more accepting.”
The Bisping – GSP fight is one of the latest match-ups that’s prompted folks to question whether the UFC’s new owners are still interested in booking fights, based on merit. Johnson believes the promotion’s doing a “bit of both”, in terms of making fights based on rankings or drawing power.
“Mighty Mouse” also noted, rightfully so, that the new ownership group has to start making back the reported $4 plus billion they spent on acquiring the UFC. That’s a boat load of financing that needs to be addressed.