Current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will have his hands full when facing Dan Henderson at UFC 204 next weekend, but the Brit is already looking past his title defense to a more lucrative future.
Earlier this year, a rumored matchup between Bisping and former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre made the rounds. Unsurprisingly, the fight never materialised and the rematch against Henderson for the title was made official, leaving St-Pierre’s return to the promotion in doubt once again.
Despite all the talk of the two stepping inside the octagon, Bisping hasn’t completely closed the door on facing St-Pierre down the line, willing to talk once he handles business in his hometown of Manchester, England.
“If GSP wants to come out of retirement,” Bisping recently said (via MMA Fighting), “if he’s finally grown a set of balls to become a fighter again, (I could) beat Anderson Silva, beat Dan Henderson, beat Luke Rockhold, beat GSP? Yeah, why not. Of course.”
Bisping snatched the middleweight belt from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 earlier this year, knocking out the California native in emphatic fashion inside the first round.
GSP hasn’t stepped inside the octagon since his close split decision win over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in late 2013. Since then, the Canadian has teased a return to the cage on many occasions, including a $10 million super fight with current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
UFC 204 takes place on October 8th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
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