Dana White has said the UFC’s moved on from a planned bout between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping, but the latter is “very confident” he’s still going to fight the former welterweight champ next.
White made the announcement after GSP reported he couldn’t fight until November, but since Bisping is sidelined with a knee injury, Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker are fighting for an interim 185 title on July 8th. More recently, St-Pierre revealed he’s been dealing with an eye injury, which is why he can’t fight until later this year. The star also said that the UFC was aware of the injury.
As a result of all these developments, there’s been a lot of speculation and debate as to whether the UFC will proceed with Bisping – GSP. On the latest “UFC Tonight”, Bisping offered his take on the situation, and here’s some of what the middleweight champ had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Georges is saying that he still wants to fight me, whether or not I have the belt – believe you me, I will have that belt – so just throwing that out there. Yoel [Romero], Robert Whittaker, they’re going to fight for the interim [title]. Of course, I will defend the belt against one of them but it sounds like me and Georges are still going to get it on. So I’m a happy man.”
“To my knowledge, [the eye injury was] why the fight was taking so long to materialize. Now as far as I was aware, Georges knew, the UFC knew, I knew but it wasn’t my news to talk about. It wasn’t my news to tell the public. That’s why I was still very confident in the fight happening. That’s why I’m still confident the fight is going to happen.”
This is interesting to hear, as the Bisping – GSP bout seemed to be met with mixed reactions from fans, and as a result of their respective injuries, the UFC has a way out. In other words, the promotion could insist that Bisping return to face the winner of Romero – Whittaker.
But, perhaps the UFC is confident that once they start promoting Bisping – GSP big time, and as the two do more interviews etc, then buzz for the bout will rise.