Although Michael Bisping faced criticism for going back-and-forth with pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre, with many fans accusing him of ducking top contenders in the middleweight division, ‘The Count’ is still open to a mega-money fight with the Canadian.
Bisping, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he feels he deserves a high profile fight against one of the sport’s biggest stars.
The Lancastrian has been fighting in the UFC for over ten years and has noticed a shift in the MMA landscape. Fighters like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey are earning huge paychecks and Bisping, who now rules as middleweight champ, wants to make his own multi-million dollar payday.
“The only reason I’m saying Georges St-Pierre is because I know he wants to fight me, and I was offered a fight with him. That’s the only reason he’s in my mind,” Bisping said, per MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti. “If I wasn’t offered a fight with him [in 2016], I wouldn’t be thinking Georges St-Pierre. But that just got that carrot dangled in front of my face of a several-million-dollar payday. Call me stupid, but I want that f*cking carrot. I want that several million dollars in my bank account. I want it for my children’s sake, for my family, for when I’m retired so we can still live a good life.”
Bisping went on to say that he’d happily defend his crown against No. 1 ranked MW contender Yoel Romero after disposing of GSP.
“That’s why I’m doing it. Not because I’m trying to rob the UFC, or rob the fans of the No. 1 contender, or do wrong to Yoel Romero. I want it for my family’s sake. So in a perfect world, I fight Georges St-Pierre, I will beat Georges St-Pierre, I will not be injured in that fight Georges because Georges never injures anybody in a fight, and then I will do a quick turnaround, within six weeks I will fight Yoel Romero. That’s what he wants, that’s what he’ll get. I’ll guarantee you right now, hand on my heart.”
Bisping last fought at UFC 204 in Manchester, England, where he beat old rival Dan Henderson via unanimous decision to retain the 185-pound title. The 37-year-old MMA veteran is expected to return in May at the earliest.