This year, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will step into the Octagon to fight former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre in a highly anticipated middleweight title fight. While there has been no official date set for the fight, UFC President Dana White has revealed that the two will fight sometime this year.
Interestingly enough, White also stated prior to the Bisping vs. St-Pierre booking that Yoel Romero would be the next contender to the middleweight title. Now, with Romero left waiting to potentially fight the winner of Bisping vs. St-Pierre, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman believes that the fight is holding up the division.
He spoke to Submission Radio to express his frustration:
“It’s definitely holding up the division which sucks for everybody in the middleweight division. I understand GSP, he gets the opportunity to fight for the middleweight title against a guy who’s probably less dangerous for him than even at welterweight, fighting a guy like Tyron Woodley. It’s a great opportunity for GSP so I understand where he’s going.
“Bisping, it’s a great opportunity for him. He gets to make a lot of money fighting GSP and it’s a guy who’s coming up from welterweight who hasn’t fought in three years and, again, he’s not fighting a top contender in the middleweight division. So for those two guys it’s working out great, but for the rest of the division, it kind of sucks.”
In regards to Romero, who defeated Weidman to secure a middleweight title fight with Bisping, ‘The All American’ stated:
“Yeah, I definitely feel for him. He deserves it. He beat me fair and square with a beautiful knockout. So I expected him to get it but Bisping I don’t think wants that fight and then all of a sudden it’s just bad timing with GSP coming back and Bisping opening his mouth trying- he wants that [St-Pierre] fight. Just bad timing for [Romero].”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/16/2017.