Recently Michael Bisping told Georges St-Pierre has until UFC 213 this weekend to push for a bout with the middleweight champ. But it seems pretty clear UFC President Dana White isn’t interested in booking Bisping – GSP any more.
The UFC had hoped to have Bisping scrap St-Pierre next, but after the latter announced he wouldn’t be ready until November, White said the promotion was punting the fight. Bisping and GSP have both said they stilll want the fight to happen. In fact, recently Bisping told GSP to “man up” and to pressure White to make the fight, before UFC 213 goes down.
Why UFC 213? Because Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker are fighting for the interim, 185 title on Saturday, and Bisping knows once the interim champ is crowned, the focus will shift to his a title unifier.
Well, recently White sat down with MMA Junkie, and the UFC boss man had this to say about Bisping’s next fight:
“(Bisping) is in line for the winner (of Whittaker – Romero),” White said. “Bisping’s never turned down a fight, this guy. Me and Bisping go back a long way from his season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and I’ve done a lot of things for Michael Bisping, and Michael Bisping’s done a lot of things for me.
“We have a really good relationship and we communicate a lot, even when we’re both not really happy with the situation and what’s going on. Me and Michael will get this done.”
Reading between the lines here, it sounds like White could understand that Bisping will lose out on a big payday, if he doesn’t fight GSP. So maybe the British star will receive some additional dough for his bout with either Romero or Whittaker? Hard to say.
White has also been talking about GSP fighting for the 170 title when he returns, so it certainly sounds like he’s moved on from Bisping – GSP permanently.
But, if Romero – Whittaker ends in controversial fashion, and a do over is needed, then plans could change.