Michael Bisping: GSP Has ‘Gigantic Belly’

Earlier this week video surfaced of former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre training inside of an Octagon, however, it looks as though ‘Rush’ has packed on a little bit of weight in his mid-section. The Canadian will be making his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action against Michael Bisping, the middleweight champion of the

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Earlier this week video surfaced of former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre training inside of an Octagon, however, it looks as though ‘Rush’ has packed on a little bit of weight in his mid-section.

The Canadian will be making his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action against Michael Bisping, the middleweight champion of the world, in attempt to become a champion in two different weight classes in the UFC throughout his run with the promotion.

Bisping, one of the UFC’s best smack talkers on the mic, took to his podcast, Believe You Me, to comment on St-Pierre’s physical appearance, and said that the former 170-pound champ looks like he’s been ‘impregnated by an alien’ (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I don’t know what’s going on, to be quite frank,” Bisping said. “But he looks like he’s been impregnated by an alien.”

“He’s in his typical GSP little spandex tiny shorts, but they’re black, not white,” Bisping said of the video. “He’s got his shin pads and his MMA gloves on. And a gigantic belly sticking. I know he said he’s getting bigger. His belly is sticking out and he looks a little weird, so I think he’s having a little fun, I think he’s pushing his belly out.”

Its been quite some time since the bout between Bisping and ‘GSP’ was announced, leaving many to question as to whether or not the fight will actually happen. Bisping believes that St-Pierre will accept the fight at some point, perhaps sometime later this year:

“GSP is gonna do it,” Bisping said. “It’ll be a little bit later in the year. Listen, we had a press conference. The fans want it, he wants, I want it. It’ll be a big payday. Make a lot of money. I don’t think it’ll be July. I’m 99 percent certain on that. A couple more months later — maybe October.

“But it’s now looking like October is probably more likely.”

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The Case Against Every UFC Champion

Champions are champions for a reason. But they’re never infallible, especially in a crucible as intense as MMA. 
Reams of pixels, if pixels can truly be said to exist on reams, are regularly generated on what makes each reigning UFC champion great…

Champions are champions for a reason. But they’re never infallible, especially in a crucible as intense as MMA

Reams of pixels, if pixels can truly be said to exist on reams, are regularly generated on what makes each reigning UFC champion great. Still, each man or woman with a belt on his or her mantelpiece has at least one key flaw. 

Given what we know about the importance of self-promotion and the current fishbowl nature of our celebrity society and all that stuff, flaws outside the cage can be just as important as flaws inside it.

So let’s take a close look at each of the 11 UFC titleholders and tease out one key weakness for each. We will do this not because we’re drinking “haterade,” but because, hey, we’re all human, and until the robots take over, our human weaknesses should be part of the discourse.

Ready? Great, let’s get it on.

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Georges St-Pierre: Ring Rust Won’t Be Factor Against Michael Bisping

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will come out of retirement to challenge for the UFC middleweight championship against Michael Bisping later this year. It’s a fight that has been talked about a ton as some fans like it, and some do not. There is a lot of questions leading into this bout such as

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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will come out of retirement to challenge for the UFC middleweight championship against Michael Bisping later this year. It’s a fight that has been talked about a ton as some fans like it, and some do not. There is a lot of questions leading into this bout such as how will St-Pierre look after a four-year layoff from the sport.

St-Pierre believes he has the answer and revealed it while he was doing a Q&A for Hayabusa on their Facebook page on Monday. St-Pierre believes in the concept of ring rust but that because he is such an experienced fighter, he doesn’t think it will play much of a factor in their bout.

“I believe in ring rust,” St-Pierre said (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “People say there’s no such thing, but I believe in ring rust. It will be an issue, but I’m a very experienced man. I’m one of the guys that’s spent the most time in the octagon in the UFC, maybe the most, I’m not sure in terms of time. I think because I have a lot of experience, the more time I will spend as the fight goes, the more comfortable I will be. For me, it will be very important [at] the first second of the fight. That’s when I will have to be very aware, very careful. That will be the most dangerous moment for me because when you have ring rust, that’s the hardest part of the fight. When you just step in and the fight start, that’s where the ring rust comes from, the difficulty of adaptation. But after a few minutes, I will be back to normal.”

St-Pierre is in fact one of the most tenured fighters in UFC history as far as actual cage time goes as in 21 UFC fights, he has amassed 5 hours 28 minutes and 12 seconds of fight time. The experience will certainly come in handy as St-Pierre has been out of action for well over three years but Bisping is experienced as well. It’s this second part which St-Pierre says may be tougher to deal with but is ultimately part of the appeal in challenging himself.

“When I knew that we were going to fight Michael Bisping, when I signed it, that’s when I decided to try and put [on] a little bit more weight. I won’t be able to put [on] a lot because I’m a natural guy, but I’m already a little bit bigger than I was. I’m the biggest I’ve ever been, right now, in my life. Bisping will still be bigger than me, but I’m confident it will help…

“It’s not my natural size. I’ve never been that big in my life, but as a man, I’m gonna be honest, men want to have bigger muscles. They want to be big, so it’s a good thing. I’m happy to be a little bit bigger. [Smiling]. This is not the weight class I’m used to competing at, but for that fight, I want to make history against Michael Bisping. It’s a guy that I want to fight, and he wants to fight me. It’s the guy with the highest stock right now, and he’s the man to beat, so that’s why I’m doing it.”

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Luke Rockhold Reacts To Anderson Silva Denying To Fight Him

The UFC is still scrambling to find an opponent for longtime former champion Anderson Silva at May 13’s UFC 212 from Rio after his originally scheduled opponent Kelvin Gastelum was forced out when he failed a USADA drug test for marijuana metabolites. Names like Silva’s former foil Vitor Belfort and former champion Luke Rockhold were

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The UFC is still scrambling to find an opponent for longtime former champion Anderson Silva at May 13’s UFC 212 from Rio after his originally scheduled opponent Kelvin Gastelum was forced out when he failed a USADA drug test for marijuana metabolites.

Names like Silva’s former foil Vitor Belfort and former champion Luke Rockhold were teased as potential replacement opponents, and indeed word arrived that ‘the process of booking Silva vs. Rockhold’ was underway. But ‘The Spider’ soon came out with a reason why he didn’t want to fight either of those top names, noting that he was coming off a win (a highly controversial decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208) and they were both coming off a loss.

Rockhold discussed the disappointing news with Submission Radio (via Bloody Elbow), citing Silva’s actually questionable record over the past years and then shifting his focus towards finding a top-ranked opponent to get him back into title contention:

“He made an excuse saying I’m coming off a loss and (he’s) coming off a win, but if you look at his record he’s [1-4 (1 NC)] in his last five fights, six fights and his win is questionable, so I don’t know where he is. He’s justifying that case is kind of… I don’t really understand that justification. So I’m just coming off a title loss and going five and one against the best guys in the world. So yeah, good luck with that one. But we’re moving on to UFC 213 and we’re trying to find a contender, somebody who’s up there, somebody who wants to get dirty and get back to that title and that’s what I want.”

Photo – Ed Mulholland for USA TODAY Sports

While his desired match with Silva has apparently fallen by the wayside, there are still some very intriguing match-ups on the table for him in No. 1 Yoel Romero and rising No. 3 Robert Whittaker. But roadblocks remain in a potential fight against both, as Romero has stated he’ll wait for his much-deserved title shot while Whittaker recently said Rockhold’s target date of July’s UFC 213 might be too fast a turnaround for him after he stormed into title contender status by knocking out Jacare Souza at UFC on FOX 24 on April 22.

There’s always a solid match-up with rising No. 4-ranked Gegard Mousasi, but again, “The Dreamcatcher” still has to take care of a new contract with the UFC before agreeing to any bout. And with Michael Bisping set to take on Georges St-Pierre at a yet-to-be-determined date and locale, the UFC’s middleweight division is as big a mess as any division has ever been in MMA.

Who should Rockhold fight next?

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Georges St-Pierre Says Size Will be Michael Bisping’s Only Advantage

Georges St-Pierre is not impressed by Michael Bisping’s technique. St-Pierre is set to return to active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for the first time since Nov. 2013. He will be greeted to an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title bout against the champion Bisping. It’ll be “Rush’s” first professional MMA bout as a 185-pounder. […]

Georges St-Pierre is not impressed by Michael Bisping’s technique. St-Pierre is set to return to active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for the first time since Nov. 2013. He will be greeted to an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title bout against the champion Bisping. It’ll be “Rush’s” first professional MMA bout as a 185-pounder. […]

Georges St-Pierre Says Size Will be Michael Bisping’s Only Advantage

Georges St-Pierre is not impressed by Michael Bisping’s technique. St-Pierre is set to return to active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for the first time since Nov. 2013. He will be greeted to an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title bout against the champion Bisping. It’ll be “Rush’s” first professional MMA bout as a 185-pounder. […]

Georges St-Pierre is not impressed by Michael Bisping’s technique. St-Pierre is set to return to active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for the first time since Nov. 2013. He will be greeted to an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title bout against the champion Bisping. It’ll be “Rush’s” first professional MMA bout as a 185-pounder. […]