Michael Bisping: Georges St-Pierre Doesn’t Want To Fight Me

There was some who loved or hated the UFC’s attempt to book a fight between UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Although the UFC did not give a date for the fight, they did do a press conference to hype the fight. Then, UFC President Dana White called off […]

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There was some who loved or hated the UFC’s attempt to book a fight between UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Although the UFC did not give a date for the fight, they did do a press conference to hype the fight. Then, UFC President Dana White called off the fight due to St-Pierre wanting to fight later this year instead of in the summer. It’s unlikely that this fight is actually going to happen.

The fight was interesting, but it also backlogged the middleweight division as a result. In order to have a #1 contender for the middleweight title, the promotion decided to book Yoel Romero against Robert Whittaker for an interim 185-pound title in July.

Since then, Bisping and GSP have gone back and forth, and both men seem interested in competing against each other still.

White has shot down this fight on several different occasions and apparently put things on St-Pierre in his last conversation with Bisping, who explained the situation on his Believe You Me podcast (transcribed by FOX Sports).

“Right now, I’m still looking at GSP. I had a conversation with Dana White last week on the phone, he made me an offer — not for a fight — I will not reveal on here what it was but he made me an offer for something. I said what about GSP? He said ‘GSP does not want to fight.’

“I said well that’s not what I’m hearing. I said I’m hearing he wants to fight me, his coach told me that he wants to fight me. He said ‘if I could make the GSP fight happen, I’ll make it happen but he doesn’t want to fight you, I’m telling you.’ So I don’t know what the f—k is going on out there.”

Bisping was fast to dig deep down and send out a plea to GSP for the fight.

“GSP, if you’re listening to this, make the call. I’m down. We did the press conference. I’m in 100 percent. Failing that, I will have to fight the number one contender. That is my duty as the champion, but we’ve had the press conference for me versus GSP.

“For me, I’m still invested in that fight, and I want to be part of a big fight, and then I’ll take on the number one contender. But if we don’t make this fight soon, I’m going to be forced to move on because that’s what I have to do, that’s my duty.”

Time will tell if this fight ever gets made. If it doesn’t then Bisping will fight the winner of Romero – Whittaker.

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Michael Bisping Says Dana White Told Him GSP Doesn’t Want Title Fight

Michael Bisping still hopes to fight Georges St-Pierre, but it may never materialize. Bisping was set to take on St-Pierre sometime this year, but that bout has at the very least been put on hold. St-Pierre says it’s due to an eye injury. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has other ideas. On his […]

Michael Bisping still hopes to fight Georges St-Pierre, but it may never materialize. Bisping was set to take on St-Pierre sometime this year, but that bout has at the very least been put on hold. St-Pierre says it’s due to an eye injury. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has other ideas. On his […]

Details Emerge Surrounding Matt Hughes’ Tragic Accident

The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was dealt an incredibly disheartening blow this afternoon when it was revealed that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was in serious condition after being airlifted to a nearby hospital following a collision with an oncoming train in his home state of Illinois. Dana White gave some initial details of the […]

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The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was dealt an incredibly disheartening blow this afternoon when it was revealed that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was in serious condition after being airlifted to a nearby hospital following a collision with an oncoming train in his home state of Illinois.

Dana White gave some initial details of the accident, stating that Hughes family was en route to be with the 43-year-old MMA star, describing what seemed to be very daunting injuries.

Hughes’ official condition remains uncertain at this point, but some specifics of the accident were released by Marcia Martinez of The State Register-Journal. Apparently Hughes had driven his truck directly onto the tracks where a train was passing, resulting in a collision with the passenger side of his vehicle:

“Hughes, 43, was taken to a Springfield hospital by helicopter. His condition was not immediately available, but Illinois State Police described his injuries as serious.

Illinois State Police said Hughes was heading east on Beelers Trail about 10:45 a.m. and crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of the train. The train struck the passenger side of the truck.

The crossing was marked only with a sign, state police said.

Officers with the Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating the crash.”

Officers will investigate the unfortunate circumstance while Hughes’ family, friends, and his legions of fight fans pray for recovery from the decorated former champion, who is regarded as one of the best welterweights to ever compete in the sport of MMA.

Hughes dominated the UFC welterweight division for the better part of a decade when he exploded into the octagon by winning the belt with his now-historic KO win over Carlos Newton in 2001. Hughes went on to defend that championship five times before losing it to then-rising star BJ Penn, only to win it back when “The Prodigy” vacated it with his legendary armbar submission over a still-rising Georges St-Pierre at UFC 50 in 2004.

The Illinois wrestling powerhouse defended the belt two more times against Frank Trigg and Penn, setting up a rubber match in one of Hughes’ final UFC bouts. His rivalries with St-Pierre, Penn, and Trigg undoubtedly ranked as the most heated in the UFC at their time, and produced some truly historical moments in the semi-early days of the rapidly developing combat sport.

Overall, the dominant grappler boasted a 16-6 overall record in the UFC including T/KOs and five submissions in one of the greatest MMA careers we’ve ever witnessed.

Hughes retired in 2011 and took on a job with the UFC under previous promotional owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, and was recently talking about returning to fight if he somehow got the right match-up, even teasing a rematch with fellow legend Royce Gracie, whom he demolished when he was in his prime in the pioneer’s return to the octagon in 2006.

Chronicling Hughes’ amazing career as a whole truly makes the tragedy of his unfortunate scenario even more heart-wrenching, so myself and all of the LowKick team send nothing but the best out to Matt, his family, his friends, and all of his fans. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments surrounding the matter.

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Stephen Thompson on Fighting GSP: ‘It May Happen’

Stephen Thompson isn’t ruling out the possibility of fighting Georges St-Pierre. Despite developing a bit of a friendship with “Rush,” Thompson feels a bout with him isn’t out of the realm of possibility. If you were to ask “Wonderboy” if it’s likely to happen, he’ll swing the direction of “no.” The answer comes down to […]

Stephen Thompson isn’t ruling out the possibility of fighting Georges St-Pierre. Despite developing a bit of a friendship with “Rush,” Thompson feels a bout with him isn’t out of the realm of possibility. If you were to ask “Wonderboy” if it’s likely to happen, he’ll swing the direction of “no.” The answer comes down to […]

Wonderboy Is Open To Fighting GSP For UFC Title

Stephen Thompson is down to fight Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title if the opportunity ever arises. It was announced earlier this year that St-Pierre had signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and would be making his Octagon return against Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. “Rush’s” timeframe for a return was a […]

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Stephen Thompson is down to fight Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title if the opportunity ever arises.

It was announced earlier this year that St-Pierre had signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and would be making his Octagon return against Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. “Rush’s” timeframe for a return was a little too long, however, and UFC President Dana White called the fight off saying the former Canadian champ would return to his old stomping grounds of 170 pounds instead.

That’s an interesting development for No. 2-ranked Stephen Thompson, a two time welterweight title challenger, who has developed quite the friendship with St-Pierre over the years. “Wonderboy” had nothing to worry about when St-Pierre intended to challenge for the middleweight title, but now that he may be returning to welterweight, Thompson may find himself standing across the cage from his friend in the near future.

Thompson recently made an appearance on Submission Radio to discuss the topic, and admitted that he would indeed throw down with St-Pierre if it meant that the 170-pound strap were on the line (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“You know, I’m 34 years old, and I don’t think I have the time to wait,” Thompson said. “You know, let’s say he does get that title. Question is, is he going to hold onto it? Is he going to move somewhere else? I don’t know. But my goal, and it’s something he knows, it’s always been to have that title, to win that title belt. So he is a very good friend of mine, and if that ever does happen, that’s something that I would have to talk to him about. Call him and say, ‘Listen, this is, you know, this is my goal. This is what’s happening. Do we want to do this or not?’ Blah blah blah. And mainly I think it would just kind of be up to him. I mean, he knows what my goals are. I don’t think he would be like, ‘You know what, to be honest, I don’t know.’

“Before my last Tyron fight he told me, ‘I have no interest fighting you. I’ve known you for a long time. You’re a good friend of mine. I have no interest in fighting you.’ And I was like, ‘All right, sweet.’ But then he was going up to 185 to fight Bisping. Now that I didn’t win, I’m still there and still it could be possible for me to get that title shot and fight for it again. But if he’s the champion, you know, that’s my goal, man. So it may happen.”

Photo by Joe Camporeale for USA TODAY Sports

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Georges St. Pierres Wants To Be The ‘One That Retires Michael Bisping’

Earlier this year, UFC President Dana White announced that former longtime welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre would finally be making a return to action and that he would be doing so in a middleweight title fight with 185-pound champion Michael Bisping. No date or venue was set for the bout, but a press conference featuring […]

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Earlier this year, UFC President Dana White announced that former longtime welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre would finally be making a return to action and that he would be doing so in a middleweight title fight with 185-pound champion Michael Bisping. No date or venue was set for the bout, but a press conference featuring White, Bisping and St. Pierre was held this past March.

The tide then changed, however, as St. Pierre made it clear that he wouldn’t be ready to compete until the fall. Bisping also said that he was dealing with a knee injury, which led White to pull the plug on the bout.

St. Pierre, however, is still confident that the fight will take place:

“(The fight) was changing, but I talked to Dana a few days ago,” St-Pierre recently told TSN.ca. “I tried to convince him that it was a good thing, that if I come back it needs to be a situation where I put a lot of the risk, but I need to have something I can gain from it.

“Big risk, big reward. Fighting Michael Bisping, that’s what it gives me. … He said we’ll figure it out. We’ll see what happens.”

Not only is “Rush” confident that the fight will take place, but the Canadian star is also confident that he’ll dethrone Bisping, saying that he wants to be the one to ‘retire’ the brash Brit:

“I want to be the one that retires him,” St-Pierre said. “He’s got the most wins (in UFC history). I don’t want him to win again because he beat my record, and I’m the one that had the record before. He’s got one over me. I’m going to beat him and then win another few more. Then I’m 36, so it will be time to retire after a few more.”

In regards to the record, Bisping currently holds the record for most wins in UFC history with 20, a record previously owned by St. Pierre.

Is this a bout you’d still like to see?

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