There is still no confirmed date for Michael Bisping’s UFC middleweight title defense vs. Georges St-Pierre. Bisping wants the bout to happen in July, which would cap off the UFC’s annual International Fight Week special in Las Vegas. Dana White also confirmed that they were targeting UFC 213, but St-Pierre said that he was looking at returning after the summer.
Bisping told listeners on his Believe You Me podcast that he’s not going to put up with St-Pierre pushing the fight back to the fall, which would make it a year between fights for the Brit. (Transcription via MMA Fighting)
“Long story short, it looks like GSP is trying to push for a later date. I heard rumors of that a while ago from Ariel Helwani. I heard that they wanted September/October and that’s what the UFC told me as well. But I’m just throwing it out there right now, if he wants to wait until September or October, then he can go find himself another opponent, buddy. Because I call the shots. Without sounding like an a**hole, it’s my belt. I’m the champion and I’m not willing to sit around until September or October.
“This fight was discussed in January. A fight camp only takes eight weeks or six weeks. Fighting in September or October is ridiculous. July 8 is the date. I will be a little bit flexible and maybe go past that a little bit but I want to fight at International Fight Week, July 8. So Georges St-Pierre, get it together. Stop doing your f**king gymnastics, stop doing your backflips and whatever it is and let’s do this, buddy. Come on, sign the paperwork. You want it. You sat there at the press conference. You talked big. You sounded confident so sign the God d**n paperwork. It’s as simple as that.”
To add to that, Bisping even went as far as saying he’ll fight Yoel Romero next if St-Pierre isn’t returning during the summertime.
“If he’s not ready then I guess Yoel Romero gets his title shot. Listen, I’m not afraid of Yoel Romero. If GSP wants to fight, of course, there’s a great story there. . . But, I’m not willing to sit around and he doesn’t get to call the shots. It’s my belt and I’m not some little a**hole waiting in the wings for my title shot. I’ve got the belt and I want to fight. I’m in my prime. I don’t want to sit around for a year. If we don’t fight until September or October, that would be a year and I’m not willing to wait a year for Georges St-Pierre.
“He doesn’t get to call the shots. And I’m not being a baby about it, if he needs a little extra time, we’ll do that. But you can’t keep me waiting around indefinitely.”
Ignoring that the UFC values Bisping/GSP as its biggest booked fight of the year and probably doesn’t want to see it fall through, is Bisping really willing to sacrifice his coveted money fight just so he can stay active and defend his title? Well for what it’s worth, Romero isn’t buying what Bisping is selling.