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Dana White to Michael Bisping: ‘GSP doesn’t want to fight you’

PHOTOGRAPH: East718/Wikimedia Commons | UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping revealed that he received an offer from Dana White. When he asked about his fight against Georges St-Pierre, White told Bisping that the former welterweight champ isn’t interested in fighting him anymore.

“Right now, I’m still looking at GSP. I had a conversation with Dana White last week on the phone, he made me an offer — not for a fight — I will not reveal on here what it was but he made me an offer for something. I said what about GSP? He said ‘GSP does not want to fight,’” Bisping revealed on his “Believe You Me” podcast (h/t Fox Sports). “I said well that’s not what I’m hearing. I said I’m hearing he wants to fight me, his coach told me that he wants to fight me. He said ‘if I could make the GSP fight happen, I’ll make it happen but he doesn’t want to fight you, I’m telling you.’ So I don’t know what the [expletive] is going on out there.”

Since becoming the UFC middleweight champ, Michael Bisping has been eyeing to have superfight. After his successful title defense against Dan Henderson at UFC 204, Georges St-Pierre emerged as Bisping’s next opponent. UFC president Dana White announced the fight last month but was canceled after both fighters suffered injuries.

Michael Bisping still eyeing Georges St-Pierre superfight

With White’s statements, it seems like the Bisping vs GSP superfight won’t happen anytime soon. As of now, the UFC middleweight champ is expected to fight the winner of Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker bout. The two contenders will face each other in July for the interim title.

Bisping knows that it’s his duty as a champion to fight the No. 1 contender. However, he remains optimistic that he can fight GSP in the Octagon.

“GSP, if you’re listening to this, make the call. I’m down,” Bisping said. “We did the press conference. I’m in 100-percent. Failing that, I will have to fight the No. 1 contender. That is my duty as the champion but we’ve had the press conference for me versus GSP. For me, I’m still invested in that fight and I want to be part of a big fight and then I’ll take on the No. 1 contender. But if we don’t make this fight soon, I’m going to be forced to move on because that’s what I have to do, that’s my duty.”

Michael Bisping retiring after two fights

While recovering from his injury, Bisping revealed that he will consider an MMA retirement after two more fights. Bisping wants his last fight to be in England as a way of saying thanks to his fans for supporting him throughout his career.

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