Michael Bisping made it abundantly clear that he would accept a fight with Georges St-Pierre if it was tabled, and now that it’s happening, the middleweight champ’s firing back at his critics.
When talk about St-Pierre returning to the UFC picked up last fall, and after the former 170 champ said he was interested in fighting Bisping, the latter quickly reported he was down. But, after Yoel Romero wrecked Chris Weidman in November, he, hardcore fans and many observers, began campaigning for the Cuban wrestler to receive a title shot. Even more so because Bisping fought the legendary Dan Henderson in his first title defense, who wasn’t even ranked in the top ten.
Well, as you know, on Wednesday, Dana White announced that Bisping will indeed fight GSP at a date to be determined, later this year. The champion was on the latest “UFC Tonight”” Wednesday, and Bisping had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I know there are people out there who are criticizing me,” Bisping said. “Saying I should fight the number one contender, guys like Yoel Romero, and they’re absolutely right. But, put the question right back to you: If you are Yoel Romero, or Luke Rockhold, or Jacare [Souza] or any of these guys. If you were offered a fight with GSP, I know for a fact you’re going to take that fight. So why shouldn’t I do the same? I deserve this payoff, I deserve this fight, not only for the payday, I want this fight for my legacy.”
“This fight offered to me last October, but the fight didn’t come to fruition,” Bisping added. “Because Georges I believe couldn’t come to terms with the UFC. So I tried to put this fight out of my mind, started to think about the next contenders in the UFC. Of course, I got a phone call about a week ago saying the fight is back on the table…”
Whether you agree with the bout or not, Bisping’s likely right. Souza, Rockold and Romero would probably take a bout with St-Pierre as well. The latter is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and his comeback fight will almost certainly be a massive draw.
So, for folks that are truly upset, their disappointment should be directed at the UFC. Can you truly fault Bisping for accepting a big bout like this at this stage of his career?