White: GSP-Bisping is Cancelled
When a fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre for the middleweight title was tentatively announced in March, many fans were angered by the match being made. Now, UFC President Dana White has made a stunning move and cancelled the bout before a date for it has even been set.
After Georges St. Pierre released a video last week telling Bisping that he would be ready to fight anytime after October, White has put his foot down and said that the company is not going to wait that long to make the fight.
“I made this ‘GSP’ fight – we did a press conference," White told Fox Sports Australia 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. Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside. He did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now.
“(Romero) doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line – he’s the No.1 ranked guy in the world.”
White’s comments, if they hold true, will be music to the ears of the MMA fans that have been angry with the state of the middleweight division. Yoel Romero is the clear-cut #1 contender, and the notion of him not receiving a title fight so Bisping can fight a "money fight" left many frustrated.
But White seems to agree with those sentiments in part, despite making the Bisping-GSP fight in the first place. He recognizes that the middleweight division has to move forward.
Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November,” White said. “Who knows if that’s even the case? It could be next year. … So we’re not waiting for Georges St-Pierre anymore. We’re moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot.”