Earlier this month, we learned that middleweight champion Michael Bisping would next defend his title against former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Given that St-Pierre stands out as the best welterweight in the history of our sport, this fight is a big deal for Bisping.
Heading into this yet unscheduled contest, however, the middleweight champ is all confidence. His confidence only ballooned over the weekend, when he watched Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson rematch for the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 209. This fight, which Woodley won with a controversial majority decision, was an undeniably slow one, and one that did not reflect especially well on the welterweight division.
“Well, let’s be honest, it was tactical but it wasn’t the most satisfying fight,” the middleweight champ said of Woodley vs. Thompson 2. “If they’re the best welterweights in the world, then I should f*ck up GSP, that’s a fact. If they’re the best welterweights in the world then GSP is going to a funeral pretty quick.”
Bisping also commented on Woodley’s recent claims that he – not St-Pierre – is the best welterweight of all time.
“Best welterweight of all time? I like Tyron but all I saw there was 20 minutes of backing up. You’ve got to go forwards to win a fight. It was a tactical fight, Tyron won, congratulations to him. Well done.”
When we last saw Bisping in the Octagon, he defended the middleweight title with a controversial decision defeat of Dan Henderson. St-Pierre, meanwhile, has not stepped into the cage since November of 2013, when he scored a similarly contentious defeat of Johny Hendricks.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/6/2017.