If you were never on board with the UFC’s decision to have Georges St-Pierre fight Michael Bisping next, well, it looks like your day is off to a good start…
Yes, UFC President Dana White has announced that plans for the bout are being booted, and that Yoel Romero will fight the middleweight champ next. The news comes not long after GSP reported he would be ready to face Bisping “after October”.
White relayed the change while talking to FOX Sports Australia recently:
“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. 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 is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. 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.”
White didn’t say when the Bisping – Romero fight might go down, but obviously, it’s going to take place in the not too distant future.
It will be interesting to see how this news is greeted by the middleweight contenders, many of which, have been harshly critical of the UFC for handing GSP a title shot. Even St-Pierre’s biggest fans likely understand why the promotion has shifted gears here. The fight was met with mixed reviews to begin with, as noted, many high profile middleweights were angered by it, and waiting for GSP would mean the 185 title wouldn’t be defended in over a year.
It’s also going to be interesting to see what St-Pierre’s reaction is.