UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is slated to defend his title against former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the main event of the upcoming UFC 217 PPV.
Bisping has been competing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2004, but come this November, we may be witnessing the end of Bisping career. On the flip side, “GSP” has made it clear that although he may say that he’s mentally rejuvenated, he is holding himself to do-or-die standards, which makes him feel that his fight with Bisping a “win or go home” scenario. He has gone on record by saying that his next loss will be his retirement fight.
However, Bisping has changed his tune on the upcoming fight. Bisping, who is supposed to face interim titleholder Robert Whittaker in a unification bout, is eyeing a different fight.
The champion recently stated on his Believe You Me podcast (h/t MMA Fighting) that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been making overtures about a fight with him and that he would be happy to fight Cormier.
“Speaking of guys that think they can take me - which of course when I say this, most people are gonna think he can take me - I was working with Daniel Cormier at the weekend and . . . all he kept talking about all weekend was, ‘Mike, I want to fight you next. I want to fight you.’ On air, off air, at the hotel, constantly. He was like, ‘Mike, I will break you within five minutes.’ Dude, are you crazy? Do you really believe that?
“I don’t know if he’s joking or if he’s serious, but if he is serious, I’ll fight him next even though I said last week I’m gonna retire. I would fight Daniel Cormier because that would be a huge fight. DC is a great guy, he’s hilarious, hell of a fighter and he seems to be targeting a fight with me. So DC, if you’re serious, which I kind of think you are, then yeah, screw it, if only to annoy everyone in the world I will, again, fight somebody who doesn’t fight at middleweight. I used to fight at 205, Dan. I was 15-0 so be careful what you wish for.”
UFC 217 is set to take place on Saturday, November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden. Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title is expected to serve as the co-main event. The UFC will be adding more bouts to this card, and it will likely be stacked. The main card will air on pay-per-view while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.