If you’re one of the people who believes the UFC messed up, allowing Michael Bisping to fight Kelvin Gastelum on November 25th, then you and Georges St-Pierre have something in common.
As you almost certainly know, Bisping decided to fight Gastelum on Novembe 25th, despite the fact it was just three weeks after he had been choked out by GSP at UFC 217. Prior to UFC FN 122, Bisping insisted he was fine, and thus, he agreed to replace Anderson Silva at the event. As you also very likely know, he was quickly bombed out by Gastelum at the Shanghai card.
Well, recently St-Pierre spoke with the Canadian network, TSN, and the middleweight champ was asked to weigh-in, on the UFC’s decision to tap Bisping for the Gastelum fight. Here’s some of what the star had to say (quotes via MMA Mania):
“I believe for the UFC, that was not good to let an athlete fight after getting concussed in a fight for the world title and then getting choked out. I don’t think it was medically a good thing for the UFC. But for Michael, as a fighter, I understand his point of view. He wanted to turn around the table and he wanted to do something that was special and I can understand that because coming back after four years myself, it was a lot of risk, and I wanted to do something special and I succeeded, I’m happy I did it. Unfortunately for Michael, it failed. But I can respect that from a man.”
St-Pierre isn’t the only prominent person in MMA to say that Bisping shouldn’t have been fighting. Joe Rogan has made similar comments, and recently, even Bisping said that in hindsight, he was over trained, and both emotionally and physically fatigued.
Now it will be interesting to see if the UFC books Bisping to fight at the promotion’s March 17th card in London, which the British star has said he wants to make his final bout. It’s also possible that Bisping and his team will decide that the better move is to wait, and have his final fight later in the year.