UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has revealed what exactly he thinks his future opponent Georges St-Pierre is planning with his comeback and if we’re completely honest, it’s pretty insane to say the least.
Michael Bisping’s reign as the UFC’s middleweight champion has not been without its controversy but you cannot deny that the very fact that he emerged victorious in his first ever, long-awaited shot at UFC gold is certainly worthy of praise.
At UFC 199, Bisping shocked the world by knocking out the heavily favoured Luke Rockhold in the first round to bring the coveted middleweight strap back to Manchester and in the time since, bested long-time rival Dan Henderson in what was his first title-defence. Now, despite the looming presence of the number-1 contender, Yoel Romero, Bisping now looks set to take on the returning welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre at some point this year.
St-Pierre, who has not fought in several years, jumped the queue to an extent, of course, but Bisping, in a recent edition of his weekly podcast put forth his belief that the middleweight crown is only the first step in GSP’s plans.
“Here’s what I think GSP’s plan is. He comes back, he fights me, he beats me. In the time that takes, Demian Maia beats Jorge Masvidal then he fights Tyron Woodley. [GSP] believes – because he said this – that Maia beats Woodley. Then, from him fighting me, he fights Maia, relinquishes the 185-pound belt, then he goes for the 170 belt.”
“Then from there – he’s spoke about this – then he’s gonna relinquish that and then fight Conor McGregor for the lightweight belt. That is his master plan, I guarantee it. And if he can pull it off, then he would definitely go down as the greatest mixed martial arts fighter in history. I do think that after that, he’s gonna fight at his weight class – 170 – and then go for the big, big money fight against Conor, which would be almost as big as, maybe, Conor vs. Floyd. That would do bigger numbers than Conor vs. Nate Diaz. It would be massive.”
Conor McGregor vs Georges St-Pierre for the lightweight title? That certainly sounds like the perfect reason to end a self-imposed hiatus and despite the very real challenges that both Bisping himself and the winner of the inevitable Woodley vs Maia or Masvidal bout will present to the Canadian, you can be certain that the already highly impressive career of Georges St-Pierre is far from over.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena