On November 4, in the main event of UFC 217, former UFC welterweight champion and bona fide MMA great Georges St-Pierre will return from a multi-year hiatus to battle reigning UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping. While many fans envision a return to excellence for St-Pierre, his long-time friend and mentor Kristof Midoux does not. In fact, he believes Georges St-Pierre’s comeback is ill-advised, and that it could end in disaster.
“I do not agree with this return and I do not know who managed to convince him,” Midoux recently told UFC veteran Patrick Cote on the Uppercut Podcast (translated from French via Le Journal de Montréal). “I do not see the objective surrounding this fight.
“Moreover, when I see George’s eyes, they do not tell me anything good,” Midoux continued. “during his face-to-face [with Bisping] in Las Vegas, I would have liked him to give a slap to Bisping to show him what was waiting for him on November 4th. The guys who have their hands in their pockets like George did, they do not feel like fighting. You have to have the urge and the rage to do it. “
“I think he needs help and I think the people around him are hiding things from him. I witnessed his sparring and I did not see what I wanted to see from him.”
Georges St-Pierre has not fought since November of 2013, when he defeated Johny Hendricks with a split decision in a fight that many fans felt he should have lost. Michael Bisping, meanwhile, is also riding a significant layoff, having not fought since October of 2016, when he defeated Dan Henderson with a similarly contentious decision win.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/26/2017.