GSP-Bisping Fight Off

The planned middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and challenger Georges St-Pierre is off, according to UFC president Dana White. Speaking with FOX Sports Australia, White stated that the promotion has decided to move on from Bisping-GSP and grant top contender Yoel Romero a shot at the belt.

“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP,” White said. “(Yoel) doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line, he’s the No. 1 ranked guy in the world.”

St-Pierre, who announced his return earlier this year, stated recently that he would be ready to fight late in 2017. That doesn’t fit for the UFC, as Bisping has not fought since last year and the middleweight division has become restless waiting.

“Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre – they both wanted that fight,” White said. “We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now. Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that’s even the case. It could be next year.”

“I want to fight Bisping and I think Bisping wants to fight me,” St-Pierre told MMAFighting.com. “I just learned the news. I don’t know what to say. It might be an emotional response by Dana or maybe it’s to put pressure on me.

“In this sport, among fighters, when one fighter gets an opportunity, it always leaves more fighters unhappy than happy. It’s the nature of a one-man sport. I’ve been there.”

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