Recently the UFC announced that it’s going to hold a pay-per-view card in Perth, Australia, on February 11th, and Perth Now reported that Australian resident Robert Whittaker will compete at the event. But, it doesn’t sound like Michael Bisping’s too interested in returning to the nation for his next title defense, if he gets by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.
Bisping was asked about the prospect of fighting the interim champ at the upcoming event, while speaking to Luke Thomas on Sirius XM Radio. The reigning middleweight champ had this to say (quote via BJ Penn.com):
“Yeah, yeah [UFC 221 on February 11th is a quick turnaround]. I’m not awfully keen on fighting down in Australia. I mean, my wife’s Australian. I’ve fought in Australia three or four times already from one career. My next fight, if I have any say in it, is going to be in Manchester. Obviously, I don’t own the UFC, but If I beat Georges [St-Pierre] I’d like to think I still get a bit of say in it. I’d like that to be in Manchester, but we’ll see.”
Well, Dana White was also asked about a middleweight title fight taking place on February 11th, at today’s UFC 217 presser in NYC, and the UFC President said nothing is planned yet.