Middleweight champion Michael Bisping appeared to still have his sights firmly set on a fight with Georges St-Pierre last week, but it seems that he’s now gradually coming to the conclusion that’s probably not going to the case.
“I know they’re trying to move on from the GSP fight,” Bisping said on his ‘Believe You Me’ podcast. “From my understanding, it looks like the GSP fight isn’t happening. I’ve yet to have a discussion with them about this. From my understanding, Georges still wants to fight me and I still want to fight Georges. So this is what I want to know: I want to know what the problem is. If the UFC have moved on, they got tired of waiting, whatever. But to my understanding, the fight was never gonna really happen in July anyway. I heard that from some sources right at the start. They said, ‘we’re hoping for July 8th but it’s probably not gonna be that.’
“Now they’re saying they want to do a fight in July and my knee isn’t gonna be ready in July. [St-Pierre] wasn’t gonna be ready until October, November. So to me, that plays perfectly but I know the UFC wants me to fight and they’re saying if I can’t fight that they’re gonna do an interim title fight.”
In an interview with TSN recently, Dana White indicated that St-Pierre has now put aside his bid to fight for the middleweight title, and is now focusing in on the division he once ruled – welterweight.
“[St-Pierre] says he will fight whoever the 170-pound champion is when he comes back,” White claimed.
Nevertheless, Bisping said on his show that he plans to make one last-ditch attempt to convince the UFC brass that they should still let him fight the Canadian superstar.
“It probably isn’t happening but let’s not give up all hope,” he concluded on his podcast. “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.”