After his historic first round knockout win over Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is already considering his next fight and possible title defense and rumors are swirling that he wants to fight former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
In an interview at The MMA Hour as reported by MMAMANIA.com, Bisping noted that he and St-Pierre share an identical 19 winning streak and putting them inside the Octagon would be a very catchy tagline for his next fight. He further stated that he would gladly send back St-Pierre to a “movie set” as he will surely win the match.
“It kind of had come on my radar and those words really get me excited, you know. Fighting the great Georges St-Pierre, and for the title of who has the most wins in UFC history, that alone is a fantastic tagline and great promotion. Of course, the numbers would be fantastic with Georges St-Pierre because he’s a massive proven draw and at the end of the day, we are all trying to generate as much money as possible. I do want to defend the belt and makes as much money in the process. I would certainly be open to sending St-Pierre back to a movie set because that would be a fight I would definitely win. And if Georges St-Pierre is listening, buddy, anytime you fancy it, be a man and sign on the dotted line and your return will be short-lived. But whoever it is, Georges St-Pierre, Dan Henderson, Jacare Souza, whoever it is, please line them and I will knock them down,” Bisping said.
Bisping has already explained that he would also want to fight Chris Weidman, however, he thinks that will be a long shot as he has already laid out his offer and that is for Weidman to beat Luke Rockhold first before any title fight will be granted to Weidman. Bisping also expressed interest in fighting Dan Henderson, who wishes to fight him as his retirement fight.
St-Pierre has not given any statement, as he is still silent about his UFC comeback. However, Fox Sports Live Jay and Dan reported that St-Pierre is willing to come out of retirement and fight Bisping for the title. St-Pierre has not seen action inside the Octagon since he decided to walk away from the sport on Dec. 13, 2013, vacating his welterweight title.
St-Pierre has been reported to have negotiated with the UFC for his comeback and that he has been training considerably and he also stated that the only problem he has is working with the UFC regarding his sponsor. St-Pierre added that he is going through a training camp to test if he still has it.
“You can be in the gym, but the Octagon is a different thing. I need to make sure if I do this, I need to do my tryout first, push myself to see if my body and I really want to do this again, go through that training camp. I need to be testing it. I don’t want to do it and in the middle of my real training camp, be like, ‘Oh, I don’t feel comfortable doing this.’ And then I mess up everything and I come back and make a fool of myself. I want to make sure if I go back, I’m at my best. There’s no stone unturned if you know what I mean,” St-Pierre explained.
It is still not official if the fight would be in the works, but to see Bisping fight St-Pierre especially both fighters have one thing to prove and that is who is the greatest of them. It will surely be a good catch for fight fans as it will also showcase the return of St-Pierre to the Octagon.
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