GSP: Bisping Is Scared To Wrestle With Me
With less than two weeks until their middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, Georges St-Pierre is starting to see a trend in Michael Bisping’s trash talk. When he was on The MMA Hour, St-Pierre explained that there is fear in Bisping.
“He’s playing always the same song. He’s terrified of me wrestling him. Terrified… In every interview he does, he’s begging me to stand and bang with him. In every interview. … I mean, if you don’t know the ground (game), you shouldn’t be in MMA. You should be in kickboxing…. Fighting on the ground is part of the game, and he’s terrified. So he wants me to be like, ‘Oh, okay, I’m going to stand and bang with you.’
Ever since GSP announced he was coming out of retirement in 2016, a gradual war of words developed between the French-Canadian star, and the British middleweight champion. And after a few false starts, the matchup was ultimately set for UFC 217 that will go down on November 4th in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Bisping is known to talk smack, whether as a fighter, podcaster, or member of the Fox Sports broadcasting team, but he turned up the heat on St-Pierre. Bisping would go as far as accusing the Canadian legend of steroid use, touching St-Pierre during staredowns, and generally utilizing all facets of the English language to insult the former welterweight champion.
Bisping has also repeatedly claimed that St-Pierre only asked for the fight because St-Pierre sees “The Count” as a middleweight he can easily beat. In doing so, Bisping cited a past training session he and St-Pierre shared years ago in which St-Pierre supposedly out-wrestled the Brit, who self-admittedly “didn’t know a double-leg from a Big Mac.”
St-Pierre was a little more close to the vest in regards to training…
“I don’t think I got the better of him… I don’t like when people [talk about training]. When I train with a guy, I’m never going to go out and talk about the training. The training is the training; sometimes you have a good day, sometimes you have a bad day. That’s that.
“I don’t like when guys talk about that, I think it’s a lack of respect. Those are rules, you shouldn’t talk about this; what happens in the gym, it happens in the gym.
“I get my ass kicked in the gym all the time. That’s normal. That’s what training is for. The more you sweat in the gym, the less you bleed in the fight.”
St-Pierre not one to shy away from a prediction made it clear that it won’t go till the “championship rounds.”
“I’m going to finish him, that’s what I believe,” St-Pierre vowed. “Either a knockout or submission.”