I thought 2016 was supposed to be the year of the superfight? Mighty Mouse was talking about going up to bantamweight, McGregor is supposed to fight Mayweather, and GSP was looking to become a two weight world champ. We’re halfway through the year and not only are we superfight-less but there’s only been three title fights. That’s if you don’t count Holm vs. de Randamie and I don’t count Holm vs. de Randamie. Hell it doesn’t even feel right counting Woodley vs. Thompson 2. Rough start to the year for the UFC, and it looks like it just got rougher. Hours ago Dana White announced through Fox Sports Australia that he has pulled GSP from the Bisping fight,
“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July…Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that’s even the case. It could be next year… Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP.”
For those unaware of how the UFC and Dana White operate, what this really means is that GSP has been issued an ultimatum. Agree to fight sooner, preferably on the big July card, or else they really will go ahead and give old gravel voice Yoel the title shot. This is how they negotiate and for once they actually have the fans on their side. For some reason GSP was dragging his feet on this fight and a week ago issued a twitter challenge for Bisping to pick the date. GSP said he was ready to fight him anytime!…well anytime after October. Fans who were already upset at the matchup for holding up the middleweight division responded positively; calling the move everything from shit, to fucking shit.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 5, 2017
Now we wait for GSP’s response, UFC appears to have the upper hand in negotiations this go-round but let’s not forget the man who holds the Title wants this GSP fight. And the man who holds the title specifically doesn’t want the Yoel fight. Both because he doesn’t want to reward a steroid cheat and because he doesn’t want to have his brain kneed into orbit for roughly half the pay he’d otherwise receive fighting a smaller wrestler who presumably smells good. And who can blame him, it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next couple weeks. Just know that Bisping vs GSP is far from dead, despite what the UFC would have you believe.