Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach claimed that middleweight champion Michael Bisping has turned down a fight with former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and rumors are swirling that Bisping is out to face Dan Henderson first.
Roach told Fight Hub TV as reported by Bloodyelbow that Bisping apparently turned down talks of him fighting St-Pierre. Roach added that since the UFC has been sold to its new owners, he does not know what will happen of the supposed meeting between Bisping and St-Pierre.
“Yeah, I do like that fight, but Bisping said no. I know that that fight’s not going to happen. He’s negotiating with the — well, he was negotiating with the Fertitta brothers. But I heard a rumor the company just got sold and bought by Ari Emanuel or someone. Maybe more than one person is involved is what I heard, but I don’t know exactly who owns UFC right now. He’ll negotiate with somebody, I’m sure,” Roach said.
Roach added that St-Pierre continues to train and is doing well with his training despite UFC president Dana White being pessimistic with St-Pierre’s return inside the Octagon. St-Pierre has recently stated that his camp is in negotiations with the UFC for his much-awaited comeback.
“He looked really good in training. He did really well. But the thing is, there are no names out there yet. We haven’t picked anyone or we don’t have a favorite at this point,” Roach stated.
Bisping, on the other hand, meant no disrespect for St-Pierre instead, he wants to make it clear that he wants to fight Dan Henderson first and then will take his next opponents. Bisping argued that it is but fitting to fight Henderson, who brought down Bisping with a solid knockout punch at UFC 100.
“The ‘easy’ fight from the guy that knocked me out in 2009, which is the most memorable knockout in UFC history,” Bisping said during the UFC Fight Night broadcast on FS1 on Wednesday night as reported by Fox Sports. “The knockout of which is still emblazoned on Dan Henderson’s shorts and banners and everything. Every time I go on Twitter and somebody wants to talk trash, they send an image of me laid unconscious.”
“Why did I choose a rematch for this fight? I don’t get it, I don’t understand. Why would I want to avenge the most devastating knockout in UFC history? I just don’t know why I would do that.”
Bisping added that Henderson is set for retirement and wanted to avenge his UFC 100 loss and at the same time give honor to a fighter he considers as one of the greatest in the UFC. Bisping added that St-Pierre, Chris Weidman, and Luke Rockhold are going nowhere and stressed that they will get their chance once he first beat Henderson.
Looks like Henderson will get his dream match before he walks away from the sport and reports are swelling that his rematch with Bisping will be held in Manchester, London sometime in October.