Bisping: I’m Not Waiting for GSP
The MMA world was in a stir earlier this month when the UFC announced that Georges St. Pierre would be challenging Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in his return fight. But the date of the fight has yet to be announced, and Bisping is now saying he doesn’t want to wait for St. Pierre for too long.
On his podcast, Bisping expressed his frustration that St. Pierre has yet to sign a contract for their fight. The middleweight champion wants to fight during International Fight Week in July, and if St. Pierre is going to hold out, he wants to fight Yoel Romero instead.
“Long story short, it looks like GSP is trying to push for a later date," St. Pierre said. "I heard rumors of that a while ago from Ariel Helwani. I heard that they wanted September/October and that’s what the UFC told me as well. But I’m just throwing it out there right now, if he wants to wait until September or October, then he can go find himself another opponent, buddy. Because I call the shots. Without sounding like an a**hole, it’s my belt. I’m the champion and I’m not willing to sit around until September or October.
“This fight was discussed in January. A fight camp only takes eight weeks or six weeks. Fighting in September or October is ridiculous. July 8 is the date. I will be a little bit flexible and maybe go past that a little bit but I want to fight at International Fight Week, July 8. So Georges St-Pierre, get it together. Stop doing your f**king gymnastics, stop doing your backflips and whatever it is and let’s do this, buddy. Come on, sign the paperwork. You want it. You sat there at the press conference. You talked big. You sounded confident so sign the God d**n paperwork. It’s as simple as that.”
With the UFC planning three events for the July weekend, and given that they traditionally look to put on a huge pay-per-view, they are likely pushing for GSP’s return to take place that weekend.
When St. Pierre vs. Bisping was announced, many MMA fans expressed frustration that Bisping would not be taking on the clear top contender Yoel Romero. But Bisping claims that if St. Pierre holds out too long, Romero may in fact get his shot.
“If he’s not ready then I guess Yoel Romero gets his title shot. Listen, I’m not afraid of Yoel Romero. If GSP wants to fight, of course, there’s a great story there. . . But, I’m not willing to sit around and he doesn’t get to call the shots. It’s my belt and I’m not some little a**hole waiting in the wings for my title shot. I’ve got the belt and I want to fight. I’m in my prime. I don’t want to sit around for a year. If we don’t fight until September or October, that would be a year and I’m not willing to wait a year for Georges St-Pierre."