GSP Responds to White Cancelling Bisping Fight
This week, UFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell by revealing that he was cancelling the middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre, which had never received a date and was being dragged out indefinitely to the ire of fans.
St. Pierre had said publicly that he wouldn’t be ready to fight Bisping until after October. White then put a nix on the fight completely.
“I made this GSP fight,” White told Fox Sports Australia. “We did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP.”
St. Pierre responded to White’s statements on Thursday night, telling MMAFighting that he is still holding out hope that the fight with Bisping can be made.
“I want to fight Bisping and I think Bisping wants to fight me,” he said. “I just learned the news. I don’t know what to say. It might be an emotional response by Dana or maybe it’s to put pressure on me.”
While some fans have been frustrated that Bisping would defend his title against someone other than the division’s top contenders yet again, no one was more frustrated than those top contenders themselves. From Yoel Romero to Luke Rockhold to Jacare Souza, most of the top 185 lb. fighters have blasted Bisping and the UFC for making a fight with a former welterweight on a three-year layoff.
St. Pierre addressed the middleweight contenders’ anger, saying that he understands their frustrations but such is the way of an individual sport.
“In this sport, among fighters, when one fighter gets an opportunity, it always leaves more fighters unhappy than happy.
“It’s the nature of a one-man sport. I’ve been there.”