UFC President Dana White has announced that the company’s moving on from Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre, but the middleweight champ isn’t abandoning hope he’ll get to face the returning star.
When St-Pierre came to terms on a new UFC deal earlier this year, the promotion announced he’d face Bisping next. But, after GSP reported he won’t be ready to fight until November, White changed gears and said Yoel Romero would fight Bisping next.
Well, since Bisping is still recovering from a knee injury, he’s argued the UFC should stick with the GSP fight, since he can’t fight anytime soon either. In the latest episode of Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast, he confirmed that the UFC is going to book an interim title fight, if he can’t fight in July.
In addition, the British star said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It probably isn’t happening but let’s not give up all hope,” Bisping said, while discussing his hope to fight St-Pierre. “It’s not done. We’re gonna have the conversation, I’m gonna put my best foot forward that I should still fight GSP. That is my objective. When I speak to Dana, I’m gonna say ‘Dana, I feel like you owe me this fight.’ We had a deal. I fought everybody they put in front of me my whole career, I’ve been a soldier for the organization, so we’ll see what happens.”
It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens here. The Bisping – GSP bout seemed to be met with mixed reviews amongst fans when it was originally announced, and certainly, several middleweight contenders didn’t care for the idea.
What seems to make much more sense is to have St-Pierre challenge whomever has the welterweight title before the year is out. After all, GSP is the greatest welterweight the game has known.