This week, UFC President Dana White broke news that former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre would be returning to the Octagon in 2017 to fight UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for the undisputed UFC middleweight title.
The fight lined up with oddsmakers predictions that a Bisping-GSP fight was the most likely fight for the former champ in his return fight to the Octagon. Following the announcement of the fight, Bisping spoke to TMZ to discuss the situation saying:
“GSP was one of the greatest fighters that this world has ever produced. One of the greatest fighters in the UFC ever. So the guy’s coming back, listen he should fight for a title. He stepped away as a dominant champion, he’s coming back. It’s just like in boxing. Marvin Haggler fought Sugar Ray Leonard when Sugar Ray Leonard came back out of retirement, and Sugar Ray Leonard won the fight! He took back the title! So it’s a big fight.”
Of course with St-Pierre going up in weight, Bisping will be the bigger man, when asked as to how feels regarding the potential size advantage, Bisping said:
“Like every fight. I’m feeling very confident. Georges St-Pierre is crazy. He thinks he’s going to come back after 3 years and beat me, are you crazy? Anderson Silva couldn’t beat me, Dan Henderson couldn’t beat me, pound for pound best in the world Luke Rockhold got knocked out in the first round. I don’t know what GSP is sniffing but he’s out of his mind.”
“I’m the bigger guy, I’ve got the reach, I’ve got the size, I’ve got the strength, I’m not bothered what Georges brings to the table.”
“Georges is a great guy, and he’s a good fighter, he’s a fantastic fight. But do I think I’ll win? Of course I do. I’ve got the size I’ve got the striking, I can win anywhere I want, but I’ll be looking for the knockout like in all my fights.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/2/2017.