Tyron Woodley offers to step up and fight Michael Bisping in July

Tyron Woodley

Recently, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping made headlines when he revealed that he would take away Georges St-Pierre’s middleweight title fight if the former welterweight kingpin wasn’t prepared for his Octagon return by July.

In addition to threatening to take St-Pierre’s title shot away, Bisping threatened to give the fight to Yoel Romero, who was promised the next middleweight title shot by UFC President Dana White prior to St-Pierre returning to the UFC to fight Bisping.

Yoel Romero Michael Bisping

“I heard that he wanted like September or October and that is what the UFC told me as well. But I am just throwing it out there right now. If he (GSP) wants to wait until September or October, then he can go find himself another opponent. Because I call the shots. Without sounding like an asshole, it is my belt. I am the champion, and I am not willing to sit around until September or October. This fight was discussed in January. You know a fight camp only takes 8 weeks. Or six weeks. So fighting in September or October is ridiculous. July 8 is the date. I may be a little bit flexible and be willing to go a little past that date if needed. But I want to fight international fight week July 8.”

Now, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has thrown his name into the mix, hoping to secure a champion vs. champion fight with Bisping after the pair’s potential fight fell through when St-Pierre decided to return to the Octagon.

Michael Bisping Tyron Woodley

Given the magnitude of a potential Bisping vs. St-Pierre showdown, it is unlikely the UFC will simply allow Bisping to walk away from the fight, however as Bisping pointed out, if St-Pierre has not signed a contract, things could get messy!

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/29/2017.