UFC President Dana White has declared that he is not waiting for Georges St.-Pierre anymore and his comeback fight for the title is dead.
After GSP said he would not fight until “after October”, the stacked middleweight division’s top contenders started taking angry potshots at the UFC.
White has now apparentely killed the GSP vs Bisping match. The match was planned as a blockbuster comeback for the Canadian fighter after more than three years out of the Octagon, and a deserved big payday for the English journeyman.
White said Bisping would now fight No.1 contender Yoel Romero, as was originally planned.
White told FOX Sports Australia’s UFC Fight Week during an interview:
“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP,”
“(Yoel) doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line, he’s the No.1 ranked guy in the world.
“Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now.
“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.
“So we’re not waiting for Georges St-Pierre anymore. We’re moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot.”
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 5, 2017
Georges St.-Pierre sent the above message to Bisping recently. However, this callout has now been slapped down by White.
This bombshell decision by White is massive news for the middleweight division, including Robert Whittaker. ‘The Reaper’ is now ranked No.3 after his sensational recent defeat of Jacare Souza and has high hopes of a title shot in the near future.
Bisping had actually named Whittaker as his preferred opponent, continuously sending outspoken assaults on Romero’s doping record.