Michael Bisping has shed light on the UFC’s plan for Georges St-Pierre if he does indeed emerge victorious on November 4 at UFC 217.
It’s been a pretty muted build-up, all things considered, as we edge closer to UFC 217. The card itself is among the very best the UFC has ever put together, boasting three huge title fights and a plethora of big names and enthralling match-ups from top to bottom.
Cody Garbrandt’s first title defence against the former-champ TJ Dillashaw surprisingly seems to be stealing most of the spotlight as far as genuinely compelling match-ups are concerned but with the return of the long-time welterweight champion St-Pierre as the main event, the so-so response to this superstar’s comeback after four years has been a pretty big eye-opener for those who witnessed his time at the top.
With Bisping and his middleweight title now firmly in GSP’s sights, the amount of questions that linger over this admittedly bonkers match-up is enough, for me at least, to make it an unmissable spectacle.
And while the ‘animosity’ that exists between Bisping and GSP is a tough sell even at the best of times, there have been some pretty hilarious exchanges between the two and though St-Pierre has remained his cool, calm and collected self throughout (for the most part), we’re still being treated to some vintage Bisping and love him or hate him, that’s almost never a bad thing.
St-Pierre has made it clear that if he wins, his contract will force him to defend the 185lb title against Robert Whittaker next but in a recent appearance on his own podcast Believe You Me w/ Michael Bisping, the ‘Count’ made it clear that he does not believe that the UFC can force Georges to take that fight, with him going one further by outlining exactly what St-Pierre will more than likely do, if he does in fact emerge victorious on November 4.
“He ain’t going to fight Whittaker. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the contract or not. I believe it is in the contract. But, all he’s got to do is say, ‘I don’t fancy that. If you want me to fight again and sell a lot of pay-per-views, it’s got to be someone else.’
“And the UFC would fold. I would imagine.
“He wants to beat me and go down and beat Tyron, then beat McGregor and then retire. He wants to beat all three and the UFC probably wants that to happen.“
A trilogy of superstar showdowns between GSP and Bisping, Woodley and McGregor would, of course, be ridiculous and unprecedented in its nature but if you think about it, a 185lb title win followed by a 170lb title win – assuming McGregor defends his belt against Tony Ferguson – would set both men up for what would undoubtedly be the biggest fight in the history of the sport.
A pair of two-weight world champions facing off in a bout that could also see McGregor become the first man to win three belts in three different weight-classes in the UFC.
It’s hard to see it as anything more than a crazy idea right now, but really, these days in the UFC it can be difficult to know exactly where the line between crazy and bookable is drawn.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena