Michael Bisping finally got his wish last week, when it was confirmed that his next fight inside of the Octagon will be against the returning legend that is Georges St-Pierre.
While it’s an exciting fight on paper, not everyone seems to be a fan of it.
THE COUNT VS. GSP
It’s mainly focusing on The Count being the current middleweight champion, as fans and critics believe Yoel Romero deserves to be next in line for a shot at the gold, and that Bisping has found another way out of defending his title against a legitimate contender after a similar thing happened last year when he chose to fight Dan Henderson.
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On the other hand, many believe GSP left the organisation as champion years ago, and deserves to fight for gold upon his return.
However, current UFC commentator Joe Rogan isn’t a fan of the prospect and has criticised the organisation for booking this fight.
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Speaking on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds, he said: “I don’t like it. I’m not concerned because there’s great fighters and you get them together and you make great fights. I’m not concerned at that. But from a purist point of view, and someone who feels like - look, if you’re going to have a champion and you’re gonna have these divisions where one man rules over the division, there should be a very clear hierarchy.
'WHY HAVE CHAMPIONSHIPS?
“If you have a champion and you have all these people waiting in line to get a shot at that champion, the person who is perceived to be the best in that division is the one who should be fighting the champion next. The champion should always be fighting the number one available challenger. Right now, that is Yoel Romero.
“As a person who deeply respects the position of champion - if you’re gonna do this whole interim title thing and you’re gonna have guys come back after being out of the sport for three years and get a shot right at the title, why have f**king championships at all?
“Why have a champion at all? Just set up great fights. And if you’re just setting up great fights, well that’s a great fight. Bisping vs. GSP is a great fight. If you’re going to have a title, this is the champion of the world, then the champion should be defending his title against the number one challenger and that right now is Yoel Romero.”
Rogan makes a valid point, as money fights seem to be taking precedence now over legitimate contenders, which is a shame.
Despite that, you can’t deny it’s a fight many still want to see, and it just so happens the Englishman is carrying the gold.
Does Joe Rogan have a point in the Bisping vs. GSP situation? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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