We are approaching closer to UFC 217 event, where Michael Bisping will be defending his UFC middleweight title against Georges St-Pierre. Bisping seems all over the place by saying he will go up to light heavyweight to fight Daniel Cormier or might retire after UFC 217. At the same time, GSP saying if loses he will retire for good, or else cementing his legacy by winning the middleweight title against Bisping and goes on to defend the belt against Robert Whittaker for his next bout.
Bisping speaking to his Believe You Me podcast suggested GSP has bigger plans after UFC 217:
“He keeps talking about, ‘It’s in the contract. It’s in the contract that I fight Whittaker,’ but he ain’t,” said Bisping. “He ain’t gonna fight Whittaker if it’s in the contract or not. I believe it is in the contract but all he’s gotta do is say, ‘I don’t fancy doing that and if you want me to fight again and maybe sell a lot of pay-per-views, it’s gotta be someone else.’ The UFC would fold, I’ve got to imagine.
“He wants to beat me, go back down to welterweight, beat [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron [Woodley], and then face [UFC lightweight champion] Conor [McGregor], beat all three, and then retire and make a ton of money. And the UFC probably wants that to happen. By that I don’t mean beat Conor, I mean beat me. Beat me, then either beat Woodley or go straight to Conor.
“He doesn’t need to fight regularly. . . [St-Pierre can] fight sometime towards the end of next year and in the meantime, Conor can fight Diaz or Ferguson, whichever one it’s gonna be, and then he can take some time off, and in the meantime, St-Pierre can be losing the weight to meet at a catchweight.”
Recently rumors run rampant on GSP and Conor Mcgregor’s fight, but GSP showed his disinterest and said not targeting for Conor fight. As Georges and Mcgregor, both are biggest stars in the history of sports. Georges St-Pierre is returning to UFC after four years of hiatus from the sport, and if win the middleweight title it will boost his legacy enormously, and it would make sense for him to look for bigger fights possible. If Conor Mcgregor fight happens in future, it will be the biggest fight ever in UFC history.
“The skeptic inside me says [the UFC] probably want that to happen. If I was running the UFC, that’s what I’d want to happen. My job is to play spoiler, wreck all those plans, and beat the s**t out of Georges St-Pierre.
“The way I’m performing, I’m knocking guys out every round. I honestly believe I can stop Georges, I can knock him out, I can beat him. I respect his wrestling, I’m not terrified of his wrestling. I’ve prepared for that. I think I’m gonna stop him. I’m gonna stop the little Frenchie in Madison Square Garden.”
Regardless of all the talk, GSP needs to get through Bisping first on November 4 at Madison Square Garden.