A lot of purists and middleweight contenders were extremely happy to hear Dana White report that they’re punting the planned Michael Bisping – Georges St-Pierre fight, and that Yoel Romero will challenge for the middleweight belt next. But, based off comments Bisping has recently made, his fight with GSP could still be in play.
White announced the promotion’s decision shortly after St-Pierre reported that he wouldn’t be ready to fight until after October. Initially, White had said they wanted the Bisping – GSP bout to take place in July. Even Bisping warned St-Pierre that if he didn’t sign off on a summer fight, that he’d go and face Romero instead.
“So yeah, to clarify, as of right now, no official word from the UFC. I haven’t heard anything and Georges is still hoping for it, I’m still hoping for it. …So okay, I haven’t had a bout agreement but that is the plan. That was the offer and I accepted and I kind of feel that once a deal is made, we should stick to it.”
This isn’t the first time the UFC hasn’t reached out to a fighter to relay a change of plans. Not only does Bisping want to still fight GSP, but he also reported he won’t be able to compete in the near future anyways:
“It’s a blessing in disguise because I can’t fight anytime soon,” Bisping said, while referring to GSP’s timeline. “I can’t exercise, I can’t train. My knee is giving me many, many problems. It was doing it in Thailand, it’s still getting no better. . . So long story short, what I’m getting at is I’m not going to be ready to fight anytime soon so again, that’s another reason why this plays into the perfect scenario for me.”
Chances are Bisping’s critics are going to jump all over this, but if the champ can’t fight in the next couple of months, then maybe the GSP fight will still take place?
What is clear is that this whole situation has turned into a bit of a mess.