During the final years of Georges St-Pierre’s run as welterweight champ, the star was criticized by some for trying to win rounds, rather than finish fights. Well, now that Michael Bisping is set to face GSP at UFC 217, he continues to push that narrative and then some, as a means to get in the star’s head.
If you’re an longtime fan of MMA, then you know that St-Pierre took a lot of heat back in the day, as his last seven title defenses were by decision. Not many of his opponents were able to stop his takedowns, which is why St-Pierre was widely regarded to be one of the best, MMA wrestlers in the game.
Well, as UFC 217 approaches, Bisping hasn’t held back in blasting the former champ, and this continued at a press conference in Toronto on Friday. Here is some of what the middleweight champ had to say about GSP’s approach to fighting (quote via MMA Fighting):
“You’re going to waste all your energy trying to take me down,” Bisping said. “See, when you wrestle, that’s you trying to hide from fighting. I don’t hide from fighting. And Georges is going to have to fight me.”
“Listen, here’s the thing. I don’t doubt you’ve been working on other things because that’s what we do as martial artists, but at the end of the day you can’t reinvent the wheel,” Bisping added. “The fundamentals are still the same, the same kicks, the same punches, the same submissions. What? Have you invented a new submission I’ve never seen before? A kick I’ve never seen? What exactly are you going to do?
“You’re going to jab, jab, double leg, bore everybody to sleep. I, on the other side, am going to try and knock you out.”
There you have it. Now, St-Pierre’s defenders have, and would argue that during his reign, he continually faced the best of the best. So, finishing opponents at that level, isn’t so easy. Further, they’d argue, St-Pierre is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and has one of the best resume’s the game has ever seen. So, why should he risk all that?
Whether you agree with that or not, there’s a good chance Bisping is pushing this narrative, as a means to rile GSP up, and make him stand, rather than wrestle. If that happens, one would think the middleweight champ has a much better chance of winning.
UFC 217 will take place on November 4th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.