Michael Bisping Praises Georges St-Pierre: “He Was A Person That A Young Fighter Should Model Themselves After”
One of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts, a former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, officially retired from the sport last week. St-Pierre remains known as one of the rare fighters who retired on top.
Many members of the MMA community paid tribute to “GSP” (except Nick Diaz of course).
Michael Bisping has all the rights to be angry at Georges. The French-Canadian superstar took his UFC 185-pound title in the main event of UFC 217, on November 4, 2017.
The things got ugly between “Count” and “GSP” in the weeks before their match. Speaking on his Believe You Me Podcast, Michael Bisping confessed he was doing a pre-fight trash talk to make the whole spectacle interesting to watch. (h/t MMAFighting)
“Of course I talked a ton of sh*t leading up to the fight because that’s what you’ve got to do to make it interesting,” Michael said. “But I had a lot of respect for GSP. That’s not to say I fabricated everything. I meant what I was saying to him at the time. We’re gonna fight, he thinks he can beat me? I take that personally.”
Michael Bisping also joked, claiming “his injuries” gave Georges St-Pierre an unfair advantage in their fight.
“Had I not had a bad eye and broken ribs, I would’ve beat you. So you got lucky Georges,” Bisping joked. “Bum knee, bum ribs, bum eye, my wrist, I mean Jesus Christ it’s amazing that I made it to the octagon. Not to take anything away from Georges because that’s not what I’m trying to do here. These are just facts.”
But Michael Bisping has nothing but the greatest level of respect for Georges St-Pierre. The British legend even says St-Pierre is a role model for young fighters to follow.
“I just want to say, listen, Georges St-Pierre, absolute legend of the sport,” Bisping said. “Absolute legend. God bless and good luck in everything that you do from here on out. I always said that Georges St-Pierre was the person that a young fighter should model themselves after. They really should. Always strive to learn new training methods. Training smart, fight smart, professional in and out of the cage.”
Do you think Georges St-Pierre is a perfect example young fighters should emulate?