The ongoing saga of scheduling a Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre fight took another unexpected turn this week when middleweight champion Michael Bisping revealed that he too is unable to fight in the near future, and as a result is more than okay with waiting on Georges St-Pierre to be ready to fight later this year.
After the UFC announced that Bisping and St-Pierre would be fighting later this year, they held a press conference, which both men attended. While the trash talk was quick to pick up steam, the UFC never announced an official date for the fight.
Ultimately, Bisping informed St-Pierre that if he wasn’t ready to fight by mid-summer, he would pass the middleweight title shot along to Yoel Romero. St-Pierre then fired back and told Bisping to pick a date…after November.
UFC President Dana White then announced that the promotion wouldn’t wait on St-Pierre, and in the meantime, Bisping would fight Yoel Romero.
Now however, Bisping has revealed that his knee still isn’t fight ready, and Georges St-Pierre’s timeline works rather well for him:
“It’s a blessing in disguise because I can’t fight anytime soon. I can’t exercise, I can’t train. My knee is giving me many, many problems. It was doing it in Thailand, it’s still getting no better. . . So long story short, what I’m getting at is I’m not going to be ready to fight anytime soon so again, that’s another reason why this plays into the perfect scenario for me.”
“I’ve got a fight booked and until I hear anything differently from an official source, I’m expecting to fight GSP.”
With Bisping being unable to fight this summer as initially expected, the UFC now has to decide whether they will have the middleweight champion fight Yoel Romero or Georges St-Pierre when he is ready and able to defend his title.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/17/2017/