Middleweight champion Michael Bisping was about 30 minutes late to the fight announcement press conference for his showdown with Georges St-Pierre but he quickly made up for his absence. Earlier this month, however, rumors began circulating that St-Pierre was looking to come back. And in his absence, the sport has struggled to find stars other than anomalies like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.
The 35-year-old St-Pierre has not fought since November 2013 when he won a narrow decision over Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks for his 12th straight win. UFC 209 takes place Saturday night and is headlined by welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and number-one contender Stephen Thompson. "In a ideal world, I would love to see this fight happen on International Fight Week", said White. All told, he has simply been astonishing during his UFC tenure.
"I personally wasn't a believer but we got together in Las Vegas, had dinner and we got a deal done. He must feel confident given he has stepped up a weight division not only again a guy who is not only physically bigger, but who has been physically active the last few years fighting the best of the world". Yet when the fight comes up, no one says, "Well, actually, it was pretty boring". Instead, the promotion is all about making money.
That opening exchange set the tone for a surprisingly hostile dynamic between Bisping and St-Pierre, who over the past year have continually angled to fight one another, despite the fact that St-Pierre is a career welterweight who has never competed inside the Octagon above 170 pounds.
"That's all you have on me", St-Pierre shot back.
As far as the fight itself, it all boils down to how much ring rust GSP carries into the octagon. He has been a role model inside the cage as well as outside of it. He is the consummate professional and extremely well-rounded.
St-Pierre, on his goals for this comeback. That night, he retained the UFC welterweight championship for the ninth time, as he held the belt for almost six years after winning it back and beginning his reign in December 2007.
As for whether he regrets giving Michael Bisping the opportunity to fight him, considering all the ill-mannered abuse the Brit was throwing his way?
So why is Bisping ducking the top fighters? Instead, he has sought out the tougher fights in going against Rockhold, Belfort and Sonnen when nobody else was willing to. I'll fight right now, motherf*cker. When you do want to fight?