Bisping Salutes GSP’s Retirement
The last man to stand across from Georges St-Pierre inside the Octagon, Michael Bisping, saluted the now retired UFC legend on his Believe You Me podcast.
“It’s what I do. He was in there and he took those right hands, it wobbled his brain, he went to the hospital, had a brain scan, right before he choked me out unconscious, he was in a bad way, and he was like, ‘I don’t want to go through this again,’” Bisping joked about their 2017 middleweight title showdown at Madison Square Garden. “‘I don’t want to experience the hardship of a fight with Michael Bisping ever again.’
“I just want to say, listen, Georges St-Pierre, absolute legend of the sport. Absolute legend. God bless and good luck in everything that you do from here on out. I always said that Georges St-Pierre was the person that a young fighter should model themselves after. They really should. Always strive to learn new training methods. Training smart, fight smart, professional in and out of the cage.”
Bisping was the first and only opponent St-Pierre had faced since his win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, when they fought for the middleweight title at UFC 217. While Bisping talked a litany of smack heading into the fight, GSP would submit Bisping to become the UFC’s second double champion.
“Of course I talked a ton of sh*t leading up to the fight because that’s what you’ve got to do to make it interesting,” Bipsing said. “But I had a lot of respect for GSP. That’s not to say I fabricated everything. I meant what I was saying to him at the time. We’re gonna fight, he thinks he can beat me? I take that personally.”
“Had I not had a bad eye and broken ribs, I would’ve beat you. So you got lucky Georges,” Bisping joked. “Bum knee, bum ribs, bum eye, my wrist, I mean… it’s amazing that I made it to the octagon. Not to take anything away from Georges because that’s not what I’m trying to do here. These are just facts.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting