Michael Bisping is approaching the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, and although he may be the champion heading into the fight, he's very much an underdog.
Bisping is currently on the best stretch of his UFC career, not having lost since his initial encounter with Luke Rockhold back in November of 2014. He has since racked up five-straight wins over C.B Dolloway, Thales Leites, Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold (where he won the middleweight title), and Dan Henderson. After suffering an injury following his win over Henderson, an interim title was implicated when Robbert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero for the interim 185-pound strap.
It seemed as though Bisping vs. Whittaker was next to unify the titles, however, Whittaker suffered an injury that would keep him sidelined for a few months, freeing up Bisping to make one more title defense before he shares the cage with Whittaker.
Enter ex-UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who is coming out of retirement to make his 185-pound debut. If the Canadian is successful he will be the fourth-ever fighter to have even won two UFC titles in different weight classes.
He'll get his crack at history in the main event of UFC 217 this November from New York City when he attempts to spoil what is likely to be "The Count's" last fight inside the Octagon before he retires himself.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Bisping went off on St-Pierre and claimed that the only reason the Canadian took the fight is because he believes he can beat him due to an old training session they had together.
Bisping said that St-Pierre out-wrestled him in that training session, however, that was back when he wasn't too well trained in that area of the game. Now Bisping believes that will be a whole different story inside the Octagon (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’ll fight until I’m 50 years old, but if you want to truly have a legacy, I’d say win the belt, defend it a few times, then retire as champion.
"There’s not better way to go out than that,” Bisping said. “That’s why I’m saying Georges should’ve done that. Georges has made a mistake. Georges was lulled back to the limelight.
"Of course, money’s good, everybody wants to win money as well, so I’m sure that’s a factor for Georges’ coming back, but never mind that.
“The problem with Georges, this is where he’s messed up: Georges has fallen into the trap that many people fall into, and that trap is, he thinks he can beat me.
"A lot of people look at me on TV and they go, ‘I can beat that guy. Look at the way he fights,’ and this and that. But then when they get in there with me, it’s a different thing.
"See, Georges paints himself as this martial artist, which he is, but the story that’s surrounding Georges is that, ‘oh, this guy, he’s coming out of retirement after four years and he’s going to step up a weight class and fight the champion.
"Man, this guy’s amazing. He’s got balls bigger than Canada.’
“But in truth, he’s doing this because he thinks he can beat me. We trained together a long, long time ago and he outwrestled me then. I didn’t know a double-leg from a Big Mac. So he still thinks he can outwrestle me down and beat me.
"He didn’t want to fight Anderson Silva when he was the champion. He didn’t want to fight Luke Rockhold when he was the champion. So he’s looking at me as easy pickings. That’s why he’s focused on fighting me so much.
"And for all this talk, I say Georges is a fraud. And Canada, who looks at him as their champion — Canada’s champion is a f*cking fraud.”
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