Bisping OK With UFC Making Interim Title
When UFC President Dana White said he was cancelling the middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre, many wondered if it was a statement of fact or a negotiating tactic. Bisping, however, is starting to come around to the fact that the fight is off the table.
On the latest episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that he still has yet to the speak with the UFC about the cancellation of the GSP fight, but it isn’t looking likely.
“I know they’re trying to move on from the GSP fight. 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.”
Dana White initially stated that he was not interested in doing an interim middleweight title fight, but he recently changed his tune by confirming that he was considering Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker for an interim belt. Given the injury keeping him sidelined, Bisping does not have a problem with the UFC creating another belt in his division, but he does has a preference for who emerges victorious.
“I’m assuming that they’re probably gonna do an interim title fight but I’ve got to speak to Dana. . . Probably Whittaker vs. Yoel, if I were the matchmakers, that’s what I’d do. Whittaker, we all know this, he’s on an absolute tear. I’ve got nothing against Robert Whittaker. Fine young man, great fighter, fights hard, got a lot of respect for him. Can’t say the same about Yoel. Yoel is certainly not on my Christmas card list. We all know my thoughts on him. He’s a scumbag, he’s a cheat, and that’s that. So if they do fight I, hope Whittaker beats the brains out of him.”