Since the bout was announced, Bisping has been accused of ducking Yoel Romero and the division’s other top contenders. The reason being that while St-Pierre is one of the greatest fighters to date, he’s never fought at 185 in the UFC, and hasn’t competed since 2013. In addition, Bisping’s first title defense came against Dan Henderson last November, who while being a legend, wasn’t ranked in the the top ten at the time.
Well, recently Whittaker was asked to weigh-in on the situation, in advance of his fight this Saturday with “Jacare” Souza. Here is some of what the 26 year-old had to say about Bisping (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“I wish I could say that I was more surprised, but I’m not,” Whittaker said. “Bisping’s doing his own thing and the UFC are letting him. So, that’s cool. You be you. I’m in no rush. I feel for these other guys who are at the end of their careers and they want to get that shot before they finish up, but I’ve got youth on my side, I’m training hard and I’m doing the right things. So I’m just going to focus on getting better as a fighter and the belt will fall into my lap.”
“Who would turn down a huge money fight?” asked Whittaker. “Would I do it? It’s very hard to answer that without being in the person’s shoes. I don’t think anybody who isn’t in that position can answer truthfully.”
There’s no doubt that a fight with GSP is going to deliver more cash to Bisping’s bank account, than one with Romero. If Bisping defends the belt, and retires, then the British star is really going to take some heat. The Bisping – GSP bout has yet to receive an official date.
That fight aside, Whittaker has a massive opportunity / challenge in front of him in the form of Souza. If “The Reaper” wins, he’ll jump right into the thick of the title shot mix.
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