It looks like it won’t be a one-and-done situation for Georges St-Pierre if he defeats Michael Bisping at UFC 217 and secures the promotion’s middleweight belt.
Recently the Canadian star announced that he’s signed a bout agreement to fight Bisping on November 4th, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The news arrived after weeks of speculation as to who, and when, GSP would make his long awaited return to the cage.
When the UFC announced earlier this year that St-Pierre would fight Bisping (before changing gears and then doing so again…), one of the big questions, was whether GSP would defend the middleweight title. St-Pierre didn’t say that was his intention, and there was a lot of speculation as to whether he would drop to 155, as a means to fight Conor McGregor. There was also talk as to whether GSP would then return to 170, and attempt to reclaim the welterweight crown.
Well, St-Pierre was a guest on “The MMA Hour” Monday, and put these questions to rest, by reporting this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I have to defend my title,” St-Pierre said. “It’s written in my contract. I have to defend my title if I win.”
“That wasn’t my initial plan, but I understand the UFC’s point of view,” St-Pierre acknowledged. “They want to protect their titles. They don’t want to delay the defense of their titles, because they don’t want to make people wait.”
Really, this shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. The UFC likely wouldn’t have signed off on the bout, especially after all the criticism that’s been levied at the fight, if GSP was only going to fight once at 185.
So, unless St-Pierre retired afterwards, this would mean he’ll take on Robert Whittaker, if he in fact defeats Bisping. Then you have to wonder, if say GSP were to beat both Bisping and Whittaker, would he still remain at middleweight? Hard to say.
St-Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013, when he announced he was taking a break from fighting, following a decision win over Johny Hendricks.