You’d expect Michael Bisping to go home and put his feet up following the first successful defence of his middleweight championship against Dan Henderson earlier this month, and the state of his face suggested he’d need the break.
But The Count isn’t like any ordinary man, as he’s planning on stepping back inside of the Octagon at UFC 206 in Toronto in December.
BISPING WANTS ANOTHER FIGHT
However, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
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UFC president Dana White has reiterated that Georges St-Pierre won't compete at the event, and still faces a massive headache at what's going on behind the scenes.
There are numerous contract stand-offs, there’s bad blood in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, and sponsorship problems in the heavyweight division.
However, Bisping is eager to lighten the load on White, and help put on an epic battle in Canada and he’s highlighted the two stars he wants.
He wants St-Pierre, and if he fails to secure that bout, he wants a returning Nick Diaz.
GSP OR DIAZ
While the top four middleweights in Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Joel Romero and Jacare Souza are busy battling to determine who the rightful contender is, the Englishman is keen to receive a huge payday before that happens.
Speaking on his SiriusXM radio show, he said: “In a perfect world, for me, I’d fight Georges St-Pierre in six weeks’ time. That’s just around the corner, and all the other guys are tied up.
"Georges St-Pierre would be the biggest payday of my career, bar none. So excuse me for trying to get the biggest payday of my career.
“It would end off a perfect year for me. I’ve had the best year of my career and to finish it off with a guy like Georges St-Pierre, another legend, a former champion, a Hall of Famer, a guy who was a pioneer of the sport, and undoubtedly a guy who was pound for pound one of the best in the history of this sport.
“To beat him and to get my biggest payday, that would end the best year of my career; and my next fight would be against Chris Weidman. In a perfect world, that is what I would like.”
A lot has been made of Diaz’s return to the Octagon as well, and Bisping is adamant that if nobody else steps up to the plate, he’ll happily do it.
He added: “So yeah, if it’s not gonna be GSP, I don’t mind being on the card against somebody else and Nick Diaz is somebody else that moves the needle.
“His last fight was against Anderson Silva, so he’s fought at 185, and if Nick Diaz wants to do it, I’ll fight Nick Diaz. If anybody wants to do it, I’ll do it.”
It seems as if Bisping has his mind set on competing in Toronto, and if he does, White should pick an opponent that will make it a must-watch, and it won’t come bigger than a GSP or Diaz return.
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