Georges St-Pierre will have his fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November later this year for the UFC Middleweight Championship after it was initially called off earlier this year.
Back in March, Bisping vs St-Pierre was announced for some time in 2017, marking the return of the Canadian fighter to UFC for the first time since he successfully defended the UFC Welterweight title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013.
However, GSP had to back out of the fight due to an eye injury and he also had difficulty moving up a weight class, which prevented him from fighting until November. The fight is now scheduled to take place at UFC 217, and the former Welterweight champion has issued a promise to his fans.
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According to MMA Fighting, St-Pierre has promised fans that he will be an angrier, more violent fighter when he makes his UFC comeback later in 2017, starting with the current UFC Middleweight Champion.
GSP said: “I’ve trained a lot of things. I’m gonna be more there to hurt guys and to go for the finish. To submit, to break. To go for the break. To go for the knockout or go for the break if I have a submission. Until he taps. I’m gonna be more opportunistic.”
St-Pierre admitted that toward the end of his reign as UFC Welterweight Champion, he was not necessarily going for finishes all the time. He said he was overthinking and was focusing on just doing what he needed to do to win rather than trying to get a stoppage.
GSP promises that won't happen anymore, as he said he plans on going for the finish, especially in fights in which he senses his opponent has broken.
“If he doesn’t open up, you keep doing what you do well to win the fight. You’re winning, so you don’t necessarily change. They were accepting the defeat. They knew they were going to lose before the end of the fight. They were fighting to not get beat up too much instead of fighting to win.
“On my side, I was fighting to win, but it’s hard. You know that if you’re exposing yourself [to] useless openings, [you can] get beat up.”
However, the Canadian has also admitted it's going to be tough to do this against Bisping, as he believes the Englishman is a worthy adversary and praised him for his durability, but if the opportunity to end the fight presents itself, he will finish the fight.
“It will be tough,” St-Pierre said. “Michael is a very courageous man. He always comes forward. He never backs down. Mentally, he’s very tough.
“I made my training to be more opportunistic to be more angry on the finish.”
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