White: GSP-Bisping “Ship Has Sailed”
UFC President Dana White is remaining firm in his stance that Georges St-Pierre won’t fight Michael Bisping next and instead is going to challenge the winner of UFC 214’s welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.
As White told MMAjunkie last month, the once announced middleweight title bout between St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) and champ Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) is off the table, and St-Pierre’s long-awaited comeback fight will be against either Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) or Maia (25-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC) in an attempt to regain his 170-pound belt.
The UFC boss said he has a meeting with St-Pierre’s team scheduled this week. He somewhat left the door open for change but also doubled down on the current plan when pushed on the subject.
“That is the plan as of right now: Whoever wins this fight fights ‘GSP,’” White said during Wednesday’s UFC 214 pre-fight press conference at The Novo by Microsoft. “But ‘GSP’s’ people are here today to speak with me, so we’ll see what happens. That is the plan as of the last time that I talked to them.”
Woodley chimed in with a different opinion, replying to White that he doubts the French-Canadian would fight him if he leaves UFC 214 with his title in tact.
“They’re going to ask to fight Bisping because Georges don’t want to fight me,” Woodley said.
White quickly shut down the notion of a Bisping fight for St-Pierre. He assured Woodley that the former champ is next in line for Saturday’s winner.
“Listen, the Bisping ship has sailed. If you win on Saturday it’s going to be you, pal.”
Original Story: MMAJunkie