It may be new information to some people about just how big of the man Georges St-Pierre was back in the day. There are tons of new UFC fans and more are drawn every day due to the sport’s rapid growth throughout the years. From 2008 to 2013, the UFC’s welterweight division was St-Pierre’s. He ruled over it with a machine gun jab, a battering ram of a Superman punch, and suffocating wrestling. He beat all comers, but Michael Bisping thinks us old fans are looking back at his record with rose-colored glasses.
“[Georges St-Pierre]’s fought a lot of the same people over that period. He’s fought them multiple times. And if you go through the opponents. I mean, BJ Penn, who he fought twice or three times, he’s a featherweight, right? Johny Hendricks, I mean look at Johny Hendricks these days. But still, Nick Diaz is a welterweight. Carlos Condit, oh, that’s a good win. Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves — lightweight. BJ Penn — featherweight. Matt Serra — lightweight. These are all smaller guys.”
— UFC (@ufc) October 27, 2017
“He always had that strength and size advantage. Now, he’ll probably be stronger than me in this fight, I don’t doubt it. Because he lifts a lot of weights and he’s doing his amino acids every morning and this and that. He’s a real athlete. But I’m a bigger natural guy and he’s not gonna’ have that advantage. So yeah, he’s great and he’s beaten a lot of competition. But he’s had competition that has been suited toward him size-wise and skill-wise. This is a different matter. He can be as big as he wants. He’s still gonna be the smallest little sh-t that I’ve ever faced.” — Michael Bisping during the UFC 217 media lunch.
That is some stiff competition to poke holes in, but Michael Bisping does it in a way that makes you believe him. All of that aside, one thing is for sure, Michael Bisping will be the biggest opponent Georges St-Pierre has ever fought. He’s bulked up too himself, but that doesn’t impress the UFC middleweight champion either. The two will both be walking into the Octagon at Madison Square Garden on November 4th to push their respective legacies to the next level. After that, there’ll be nothing more to question.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/27/2017.