Michael Bisping angles for Georges St Pierre showdown
UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping says he’s the man MMA legend Georges St Pierre is returning to the Octagon for.
Bisping is yet to schedule the next defence of his UFC title, but the British fighter says St Pierre’s camp have made contact regarding a future fight.
“George told me that he wants to fight me and I am the fight they are targeting,” Bisping told MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. “GSP by far will be the biggest fight of them all.”
The English middleweight has faced criticism for his opponents since he captured the UFC middleweight crown. Cuban giant Yoel Romero is the next in line for a title shot, while Brazilian Jacare Souza is also waiting in the wings.
But Bisping says the pair will have to be patient as he eyes a mouth-watering clash with the UFC legend GSP.
Bisping recently broke St Pierre’s record for most wins in UFC history. That alone creates a selling point for a super fight between the pair, as does the incredible interest the blockbuster would generate.
“If the UFC came to me with a GSP fight I think I would take that one first. I would take that gigantic payday and then do Yoel (Romero) next,” Bisping said.
“It (GSP fight) would probably do five-six times the business a fight with Yoel Romero would.
“GSP was the biggest star in the company. Yoel Romero has 24,000 twitter followers. He’s a tough son of a b****, but no one gives a f***.”
Bisping has been part of the UFC for over a decade and having seen the organisation increasingly pay out million of dollars to their top fighters, the Englishman wants in.
“I would like to be a part of one of these gigantic cards so I can earn a big payday that I can retire on,” Bisping said.
“I see Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor getting $3 million guaranteed and then pay-per-view, so that would be a $10 million payday. I’ve never had a $10 million payday, I’ve never had a $1 million payday.
“Who doesn’t want those pay days. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport, I’ve earnt it, I’m the world champion now. So I want to be a part of the biggest fights.”
Bisping is currently recovering from knee surgery and has said he is still some way away from a return to competition.
“I got offered a bout agreement for April 8 (against Romero). But I’m still recovering from knee surgery. I’m still limping around and I’m in a lot of pain still,” Bisping revealed.
“I think hopefully another month I’ll be able to train properly. “I haven’t signed to fight anybody, so I could fight anybody.”
The UFC middleweight champion believes he has earnt the right to dictate his future in the Octagon, having toiled away in the organisation for over a decade. While the contenders may claim he is ducking them, Bisping says they couldn’t be more wrong.
“I’ve never turned anyone down. I’ve paid my dues in this sport. I fought everyone on short notice, I’ve saved cards,” Bisping said.
“I’ve fought people who we all knew were on steroids and I still took those fights. Now I’ve got the belt I have a little bit of say in the matter. That’s the prize of being world champion.”