Ever since the UFC announced its plans to have GSP and Bisping fight, the latter made it clear he wasn’t happy about the Canadian’s call out. The reason being, according to the British star, is that he believes the fight is happening because GSP thinks he can defeat him. Despite the fact GSP hasn’t fought since 2013, and hasn’t competed at 185 in the Octagon.
St-Pierre, however, has repeatedly said that he views a fight with Bisping as a big challenge, and an opportunity to enhance his legacy, but it doesn’t sound like that’s resonating with the champ. Case in point, during a recent episode of “MMA Fighting”, Bisping had this to say about GSP (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“…See, Georges paints himself as this martial artist, which he is, but the story that’s surrounding Georges is that, ‘oh, this guy, he’s coming out of retirement after four years and he’s going to step up a weight class and fight the champion. Man, this guy’s amazing. He’s got balls bigger than Canada.’
“But in truth, he’s doing this because he thinks he can beat me. We trained together a long, long time ago and he outwrestled me then. I didn’t know a double-leg from a Big Mac. So he still thinks he can outwrestle me down and beat me. He didn’t want to fight Anderson Silva when he was the champion. He didn’t want to fight Luke Rockhold when he was the champion. So he’s looking at me as easy pickings. That’s why he’s focused on fighting me so much. And for all this talk, I say Georges is a fraud. And Canada, who looks at him as their champion — Canada’s champion is a f*cking fraud.”
Is Bisping on point here? Well, one would think, yes, GSP thinks he can beat Bisping, otherwise he would’t be facing him on November 4th at UFC 217. Further, it is true that in the past GSP didn’t go out of his way to fight Anderson Silva, when that super fight was being proposed throughout the MMA world. In addition, you do have to wonder if St-Pierre would have asked for bouts with say, Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman etc, if they were the middleweight champ.
But, none of this necessarily means that GSP doesn’t respect Bisping and his abilities, or that he believes he’s going to cruise through the rugged vet.