Leading up to UFC 217, one of Michael Bisping’s go to points, has been that Georges St-Pierre is a predictable and boring fighter, on account of his wrestling centric approach. But, according to the former welterweight champ, the reality is that Bisping’s attempting to lull GSP into a striking battle, because he’s “terrified” of his takedowns.
Since the UFC announced it’s plans to have St-Pierre fight Bisping, the middleweight champ has repeatedly taunted the Canadian star, for his strategy in bouts. Bisping’s even argued that the reason GSP wanted to fight him, is because he bested him in training several years ago, by going the wrestling route. But, of course, Bisping’s promised that things will be different when they battle on November 4th.
Well, recently St-Pierre was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and he had this to say about Bisping’s rhetoric (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“He’s playing always the same song. He’s terrified of me wrestling him. Terrified,” St-Pierre said “In every interview he does, he’s begging me to stand and bang with him. In every interview. … I mean, if you don’t know the ground (game), you shouldn’t be in MMA. You should be in kickboxing.
“Fighting on the ground is part of the game, and he’s terrified. So he wants me to be like, ‘Oh, okay, I’m going to stand and bang with you.’
“I’m going to use all my tools,” St-Pierre continued. “Not only one tool, but all of them. That’s a mind game that he’s trying to play.”
Is Bisping in fact “terrified” of St-Pierre’s wrestling and top game? That might be a little extreme, as Bisping has underrated takedown defense, and you would think his size and strength, will help in that department against the former welterweight.
But, it does seem like Bisping’s attempting to fire up GSP and get in his head. After all, his chances of winning, will be much, much higher if St-Pierre only comes hunting for a finish via striking. The chances of GSP not mixing in some takedown attempts, however, seem slim.
UFC 217 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.