GSP: I’m Going to Finish Bisping at MSG
It has been years since we have seen Georges St. Pierre compete in the Octagon, but the sport’s greatest welterweight champion ever is just months away from his return.
GSP will not be back to recapture his 170 lb. title, however. He challenges middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden on November 4th.
St. Pierre is in an unfamiliar spot as he prepares for his comeback fight: he will be the challenger, not the champion. During his welterweight title reign, GSP was criticized for playing it safe; he won his last seven fights by unanimous decision, often neutralizing his opponents rather than threatening to finish them.
His new role as challenger means that GSP will be taking a different approach, he says.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, St. Pierre explained that being the challenger means he will have to take the fight to Bisping because he cannot risk going to the scorecards.
“I’m the challenger. I’m not the champion this time,” St-Pierre said. “So I have to take the fight to him. I have to expect that if I’m going to a decision, and the fight is close, it’s not going to go my way. So I’m going to go there, and I’m going to put everything I have to finish him, fight like there’s no tomorrow.”
Many in the MMA world are questioning why St. Pierre decided to return to the UFC. Unlike most champions of his era, he went out on top, never losing his belt in the cage — despite those who believe he deserved to lose his final title defense against Johny Hendricks.
According to GSP, he’s coming back because he still feels he has more to prove. He aims to make Michael Bisping the first fighter to realize that he is not the same Georges St. Pierre of the past, but a completely new fighter.
“Satisfaction is the deathtrap,” St-Pierre said. “When you’re satisfied, you better retire. I’m not satisfied. I think I can do more, and I will prove it to everybody November 4th. I’m very happy. The sport has evolved, but I believe you haven’t seen the best out of me yet.”
“It’s much different. I got a lot more tools in my arsenal. I’ve been working on different things. If he’s expecting me the same as I was, it’s a big mistake on his part. I’m going to come out, and I want to shock the world.”