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.
“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.
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.