Georges St. Pierre is back. Dana White made it official this morning on ESPN and announced that “Rush” will face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title.
“He’s one of our biggest stars. If you look at the Chuck Liddell era – Anderson Silva, ‘GSP.’ He was one of the big stars who helped build the sport and helped build the UFC. He never lost his title. He walked away and left the belt. Many people still consider him the 170-pound king. Yyou can’t be the man unless you beat the man.”
GSP gave up the welterweight title in 2013 to take time off after a war with Johny Hendricks. Since he’s been away a lot has changed and fighters are drug tested by USADA. St. Pierre was very outspoken about drug testing before he left.
Dana White didn’t announce when St. Pierre vs Bisping would take place but UFC 213 could be the show it takes place. The UFC typically runs a big show in Las Vegas during July 4th weekend. UFC 211 is headlined by Junior Dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic in May and UFC 212 is headlined by Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway. The UFC could easily add GSP vs Bisping to either of those cards but I think WME will want to have that fight headline the show in July and make it one of the biggest of the year.
Yoel Romero will have to wait for his shot at the title despite being the #1 contender. He could opt to fight Luke Rockhold or another top guy or sit out and get the next title shot against Bisping or St. Pierre.
I’m really surprised that MWE didn’t put GSP against Anderson Silva. It’s a dream fight that’s been talked about for years and it’s easy to make now that Silva won a fight recently. Maybe they are keeping this in their back pocket for later this year. There is too much money to be made to not do that fight if St. Pierre is fighting at 185 pounds.