Former longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is returning to UFC after the four years of hiatus from sports. He is taking a shot at Michael Bisping for middleweight title on November 4 at Madison Square Garden. GSP hasn’t fought since November 2013 and has never fought in middleweight division before.
Earlier this week, speculation machine UFC commentator Joe Rogen revealed the UFC 217 ticket sales, which headlines GSP and Michael Bisping is not selling well. UFC is hoping to make bank on this fight and cash in by huge-selling pay-per-view.
Unfortunately, St-Pierre is not a superstar anymore as fans who once made him the sport’s most lucrative pay-per-view draw. Most of the fan interest seems tepid towards UFC 217, event because ticket sale seems drastically low.
Speaking on the topic to MMAjunkie at UFC 217 media day in Montreal earlier this week, Georges St-Pierre is brushing off some rumors on his UFC comeback is lacking some buzz and drawing power has diminished. He claims that’s not important, said his priority goal is to win and perform at a high level.
“I do not focus on that,” he said. “I don’t even care. I don’t care. I would rather make zero dollars and win my fight than make $10 million and lose my fight. This is my word, and I swear it’s true. It’s always been like that, even when I was poor. I want to win, and I don’t care about (money or recognition). They’re going to know me after I win.”
“I want to win the title,” he continued. “I’m happy that I got everything lined up for a fight and it’s the best training I can do and lifestyle and everything. I’m happy to be here. I’m very scared and stressed and afraid to fail, but that feeling makes me better. I’m happy to be here.”
Georges St-Pierre said his main priority at this moment is to beat and win against Michael Bisping. He expects to thrive and remind the world why he was once all-time best when he will step in for UFC 217 showdown.
what are your expectations from UFC 217, do you think GSP will score a victory over Bisping?