Recently, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping made headlines when he revealed that he would take away Georges St-Pierre’s middleweight title fight if the former welterweight kingpin wasn’t prepared for his Octagon return by July.
In addition to threatening to take St-Pierre’s title shot away, Bisping threatened to give the fight to Yoel Romero, who was promised the next middleweight title shot by UFC President Dana White prior to St-Pierre returning to the UFC to fight Bisping.
“I HEARD THAT HE WANTED LIKE SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER AND THAT IS WHAT THE UFC TOLD ME AS WELL. BUT I AM JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. IF HE (GSP) WANTS TO WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER, THEN HE CAN GO FIND HIMSELF ANOTHER OPPONENT. BECAUSE I CALL THE SHOTS. WITHOUT SOUNDING LIKE AN ASSHOLE, IT IS MY BELT. I AM THE CHAMPION, AND I AM NOT WILLING TO SIT AROUND UNTIL SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER. THIS FIGHT WAS DISCUSSED IN JANUARY. YOU KNOW A FIGHT CAMP ONLY TAKES 8 WEEKS. OR SIX WEEKS. SO FIGHTING IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER IS RIDICULOUS. JULY 8 IS THE DATE. I MAY BE A LITTLE BIT FLEXIBLE AND BE WILLING TO GO A LITTLE PAST THAT DATE IF NEEDED. BUT I WANT TO FIGHT INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK JULY 8.”
Now, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has thrown his name into the mix, hoping to secure a champion vs. champion fight with Bisping after the pair’s potential fight fell through when St-Pierre decided to return to the Octagon.
Given the magnitude of a potential Bisping vs. St-Pierre showdown, it is unlikely the UFC will simply allow Bisping to walk away from the fight, however as Bisping pointed out, if St-Pierre has not signed a contract, things could get messy!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/29/2017.