Bisping: Nobody Told Me GSP Fight is Off
The proposed middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre has been the messiest UFC story of 2017. After the fight was announced without a date back in March, UFC president Dana White recently said the fight was off due to GSP not being ready soon enough.
Bisping, who won the middleweight title in June, has been the subject of criticism for taking on the likes of Dan Henderson and Georges St. Pierre rather than the top contenders of the 185 lb. division.
Though Bisping has heard White’s comments publicly, he says he has not spoken with the UFC about the fight with St. Pierre being off.
“Honestly, it’s news to me," Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. "I haven’t heard anything about it. I reached out to Georges and he said he hasn’t heard anything officially either, and I still haven’t heard anything from the UFC or Dana White. I know that a lot of people are complaining about this potential delay with Georges, so we’ll see what happens.
“So yeah, to clarify, as of right now, no official word from the UFC. I haven’t heard anything and Georges is still hoping for it, I’m still hoping for it. I’ll say this, I was offered the fight twice. I was offered the fight in October and it never materialized. I was offered the fight in January or February and it did materialize and we had a press conference and we shook hands and we stood there in Las Vegas and we talked a bit of shit. So okay, I haven’t had a bout agreement but that is the plan. That was the offer and I accepted and I kind of feel that once a deal is made, we should stick to it.”
White called the fight off after St. Pierre released a video saying he would be ready to fight after October. That is too long for the division to be held up, White said, and Bisping would instead fight #1 contender Yoel Romero.
But Bisping said that he also would not be able to return to the cage anytime soon due a nagging knee injury.
“It’s a blessing in disguise because I can’t fight anytime soon. I can’t exercise, I can’t train. My knee is giving me many, many problems. It was doing it in Thailand, it’s still getting no better…So long story short, what I’m getting at is I’m not going to be ready to fight anytime soon so again, that’s another reason why this plays into the perfect scenario for me.”