GSP/Bisping Fight Looks To Take Place in Fall of 2017

Published on May 6th, 2017 1:02 pm EST

Those hoping for a Georges St. Pierre vs Michael Bisping fight this July were sorely disappointed earlier this week when St. Pierre released a public statement to Michael Bisping.

In the statement, St. Pierre told Bisping that the former Welterweight champion would be beginning his training camp this summer and that Bisping could pick a date anytime after October. This means that the Middleweight title fight is, at best, five months away.

The King is poinging towards an article of text while sitting in his office.There was some thought that the UFC might try to do something in the interim, though they seem willing to wait until October for the big title fight. After all, Michael Bisping vs Georges St. Pierre is one of the biggest fights that the promotion can put on right now.

St. Pierre returning in October means that he will be almost exactly four years removed from his last fight by the time that he steps back into the Octagon.

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Anderson Silva was aggressively petitioning earlier this week for an interim title fight against Yoel Romero, though UFC President Dana White quickly put an end to that, as he stated that there would be no interim title and that Bisping/St. Pierre would progress as planned.

This could very well mean that Silva will retire, as that is what he was threatening when he was asking for the interim title shot.

The UFC's plan seems to be to put on Bisping/St. Pierre for the title, with the winner defending the title against Yoel Romero. This is assuming, of course, that Romero doesn't fight in the interim, which might not be a bad idea considering that waiting for a title shot would likely put him on the sidelines until early 2018.

All in all, this entire situation is a mess, and it is amazing to consider what Michael Bisping's win over Luke Rockhold did to the Middleweight division.


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