UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping took plenty of damage during his first title defense against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 earlier this month but is apparently already ready to go. And he has an opponent in mind.
Bisping still has his sights set on former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who recently declared himself a free agent. Bisping called St-Pierre out before UFC 204, as well.
“Georges talked about fighting me a while ago and I’d love to fight the guy,” Bisping told Sport360.com. “It’d be terrific for me business-wise and I also think I’d beat the guy.”
“I’m here if you want to fight Georges, let’s go. Sign the papers, buddy, that’s all you’ve got to do.”
With the UFC disputing St-Pierre’s claim of being a free agent, a bout against Bisping could only be a possibility once both sides find a mutual agreement on his contract situation.
After the Henderson rematch, the 185-pound titleholder was given a medical suspension of 180 days until cleared by a CT scan of his face and head. His minimum suspension is 60 days with 45 days of no contact for a left infraorbital laceration.
According to Bisping, he has already underwent the CT scan and was cleared by doctors.
“I had a CT scan after the fight and I’m all good,” he said. “There’s some misinformation going around, I don’t know where they’re all getting it, but they are incorrect. I’m good, I’m healthy. My leg is a little bruised, but a bit of ice and a few more days and I’ll be good to go.”
That means that he’s eligible to compete at UFC 206, the event that will most likely feature St-Pierre should he return, as the December card is scheduled for 63 days after UFC 204.
UFC 206, which takes place live from the Air Canada Center in Toronto on Dec. 10, is short on big names and, as it stands, is a tough sell as a pay-per-view card. A fight between Bisping and St-Pierre would certainly give the card, currently headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson II, a boost.