On Friday, the UFC hosted a press conference for the middleweight title bout between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, and Bisping picked up from where he left off at the initial presser this past March.
Bisping, who started off his career at light heavyweight, mocked St-Pierre’s ‘blown-up’ physique and told him he’s the smallest fighter he’s ever had to fight. ‘The Count’ also laid into GSP’s new corner man and world renown boxing coach Freddie Roach.
“He still looks like a lizard,” an antagonistic Bisping said last week, per MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti. “I said that at the last press conference, and he still looks like one now. He looks like a blown-up version of himself, trying to get bigger. He’s the biggest Georges St-Pierre that we’ve ever seen, but he’s still the smallest guy that I’m ever going to fight. I was 15-0 at light heavyweight, I’m the world champion at middleweight. He’s a blown-up welterweight. I mean, he’s bringing in all these trainers. He’s got Freddie Roach down there. Freddie Roach is a great boxing coach, but he doesn’t know f*ck-all about MMA. He couldn’t even spell UFC, let alone MMA.”
St-Pierre, the former welterweight champion, has bulked up considerably in his move to middleweight but Bisping think he’s ‘fatter’ and ‘slower’.
The current 185-pound champ also called GSP a ‘p-ssy’ for never having had the ‘balls’ to challenge Anderson Silva in his prime.
“This p*ssy only wants to fight me. He doesn’t want to fight anybody else, because he thinks he can take me down and control me on the floor,” Bisping said.
“He’s training with Freddie Roach. I hope to God, Freddie, you’re trying to turn him into a boxer. I hope he comes out and tries to stand with me, but we all know that’s not going to happen. He’s going to jab, try to take me down. Why? Because we trained together a long time ago and he outwrestled me back then, but that was 12 years ago. But that’s what he thinks is going to happen, so I knew this fight would come off because he hasn’t got the balls to fight anyone who he doesn’t think he can beat, like Anderson Silva, like many other people.”
St-Pierre, 36, fired back by claiming that he was never formally offered a fight with ‘The Spider’ until after he retired in 2013.
“The one time I’ve been offered the fight is after, when I stopped fighting, after my fight with Hendricks,” St-Pierre said. “Dana (White) called me, he said, ‘Do you want to fight Anderson Silva? But I didn’t want to fight nobody. That’s not Silva. You could’ve put a midget, three-foot tall, I would not have (fought him). I just wanted to take a break. That’s the only time (the fight was offered). There was talk of fighting, but never had anything significant been proposed at the time. It’s all rumors.”
Bisping, as quick witted as ever, responded by mocking St-Pierre’s interest in UFOs.
“He didn’t want to fight because Johny Hendricks hit him in the head so many times, he thought he’d been abducted by aliens,” Bisping snapped back. “I’m surprised you’re not wearing a tinfoil hat today to stop the f*cking messages coming. Dude, I’m going to hit you so many times, you’re going to think you’re going to disappear on the mothership.”
Expect more trash talk from Bisping in the coming weeks, as both fighters make final preparations for UFC 217.
The blockbuster pay-per-view, which also features a co-headlining bantamweight championship bout between Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, takes place on November 4 at Madison Square Garden, New York.