Georges St-Pierre has taken some heat recently, after he announced he wouldn’t be able to fight until November, but now the star’s revealed his return’s been delayed due to an injury…
When the UFC initially announced that GSP would return to the Octagon in a bout with middleweight champ, Michael Bisping, Dana White said he wanted to book the fight for early July. Bisping, at the time, also said he wanted the fight to take place in early summer.
But, then reports surfaced that St-Pierre wasn’t going to be ready by then, and then more recently, the former welterweight champ announced he couldn’t fight until November. That announcement was met with questions, criticism, and then White’s announcement that Yoel Romero would fight Bisping as a result (although now the champ is sidelined with a knee injury).
Well, St-Pierre attended the C2 Montréal conference on Friday, and the Quebecois fighter reported the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Trust me, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks, ‘Hey, I’m going to make everybody wait for me. I don’t want to fight during the summer, I want to take my time …’
“That’s not the reason. If it were up to me, I would come back. The reason is I had a problem with my eye. I had an injury.”
“My vision has not been back yet. It will be back. It’s something very minor. The doctor insisted for me that I don’t spar until September.”
Now, not only is that important news, but GSP reportedly went on to claim that the UFC was aware of the injury. In addition, St-Pierre claims that “people concerned” still pressured him to fight in July. So, it will be interesting to see if this impacts GSP’s relationship with the promotion moving forward. It’s also going to be interesting to see if the UFC moves forward with Bisping – GSP, now that Romero’s fighting Robert Whittaker for an interim belt, July 8th.