On Tuesday, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping made a series of tweets suggesting that he was offered and verbally agreed to a fight with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 206 on December 10th. He even said that Dana White personally offered the bout to him.
@GeorgesStPierre, we all want more money. But let's go,sign the papers.Give the people of Toronto what they want, be a hero! Let's go champ!— michael (@bisping) October 26, 2016
UFC president Dana White later told Brett Okamoto that Bisping/GSP in Toronto isn’t happening.
Text from @danawhite: There is no Bisping vs. GSP fight in Toronto. I know Mike wants it, but it's not happening.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 26, 2016
Bisping is coming off a thrilling unanimous decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 204, in which he survived two knockdowns by Hendo to win on the scorecards. The back-and-forth between him and GSP has been ongoing over the past several months. Way back in June, Bisping said GSP’s camp had reached out to him about setting up a showdown between the two men. GSP himself had stated that the Bisping fight was at the top of his list of opponents for his return to the Octagon. Boxing trainer Freddie Roach later said that Bisping turned down the offer, a claim which Bisping denied ever happened.
As it stands, St-Pierre has a different battle with the UFC to deal with, as he recently told The MMA Hour that he’s a free agent, with his lawyer terminating his UFC contract. The UFC, however, released a statement saying that he’s still under contract.
UFC 206 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Tickets have been on sale for several days, and they’re definitely not priced in a way to suggest that a massive fight is coming its way with just 6 weeks to go until fight night.