GSP Will Fight Bisping at MSG in November

Following an announcement by UFC President Dana White that Georges St-Pierre would return to the Octagon to face off with Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, an official date has been set for the first time encounter.

Last night on FS1’s UFC Tonight, Bisping who is a frequent co-host on the program stated, that “This is actually the third time I’ve been offered this fight, so the ship’s sailed twice,” Bisping  also said that,

 “On this occasion, on the third occasion, it set off sailing but did a U-turn and it pulled up at New York City. I’ve got a chirpy little Englishman who’s going to fight Georges St-Pierre, Madison Square Garden, Nov. 4. It is official. Do not miss it. We’re taking over.”

St-Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013, when he notched his ninth consecutive welterweight title defense with a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. St-Pierre then vacated the title and took a break from competition. And after three years of return rumors, UFC officials announced earlier this year that the 36-year-old Canadian MMA great would fight Bisping sometime later in the year.

However, St-Pierre spurned White when he said that he would not fight until at least November due to outside commitment. In response the firey UFC President Dana White later said the fight was off and Bisping would instead fight top contender Yoel Romero.

But when Bisping subsequently revealed a knee injury (while St-Pierre declared a lingering eye issue), the Bisping and Romero title fight also was scrapped. Romero then lost a decision to fellow contender Robert Whittaker  for an interim title earlier this month at UFC 213.

White suggested a knee injury recently suffered by Whittaker opened the door for St-Pierre to cut the line.

With Whittaker the challenger in waiting, White said in July that St-Pierre would instead fight the winner of this past Saturday’s UFC 214 co-headliner between current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and challenger Demian Maia. However, with Woodley’s win over Maia being underwhelming in the eyes of fans and the UFC president opened the door for St-Pierre vs. Bisping.

“I know Michael Bisping will fight,” White said. “He will show up and actually fight.”

 

Original Post: MMA Junkie

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