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Michael Bisping Says He Verbally Agreed To Face Georges St-Pierre At UFC 206

Canadian fight fans, take note.

The ongoing contractual dispute between Georges St-Pierre and the UFC has become a promotional nightmare for UFC 206, with the former welterweight champion’s vacancy from the event in Toronto, Canada leaving many fans apathetic towards attending.

However, a glimmer of hope may have presented itself.

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping announced through Twitter(h/t MMA Junkie) on Tuesday that he had already “verbally agreed” to fight St-Pierre at the event on December 10th, imploring the Canadian to meet him half way and make the fight official.

The news comes not long after St-Pierre told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he was officially a free agent after terminating his contract with the promotion. However, the UFC later countered those claims, stating that the former welterweight champion was still legally under contract with the organization.

UFC president Dana White was quick to discredit Bisping’s tweet in a text message to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, saying the fight just isn’t happening.

Usually, when White is so forthcoming, you’d be inclined to think he could be keeping fans at arm’s length to avoid spoiling a possible announcement; take Brock Lesnar’s return for UFC 200 breaking early as an example.

As it stands, UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is penciled in to fight Anthony Johnson in the main event, with no solid co-headliner found further down the card.

The UFC could have something in place or maybe Michael Bisping is just desperately lobbying for the fight. Either way, fans would like to see it happen and a fight of that magnitude would certainly enhance the status of a considerably weak pay-per-view card.

James McDonald, Pundit Arena

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