One of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters of all time is making his return to the Octagon next month, as Georges St-Pierre makes his UFC return to challenge UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Bisping has been on the best run of his fighting career, defeating the likes of Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson en-route to landing himself on the top of the middleweight mountain. St-Pierre walked away from the fighting game back in 2013 after taking home a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks to defend his welterweight title.
After news broke that GSP had decided to return earlier this year, signing a fresh new multi-fight deal, it was announced that he would me making his 185-pound debut to challenge for his second title in the UFC.
Bisping and GSP have been at each other's throats for the past few months to promote their fight, with "The Count" seeming very confident in his ability to down one of the greatest to have ever stepped into the cage.
On a recent edition of his podcast, Believe You Me, Bisping speculated that the UFC may actually want GSP to end up winning their fight on November 4th. Here's what he had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“He keeps talking about, ‘It’s in the contract. It’s in the contract that I fight Whittaker,’ but he ain’t,” said Bisping.
“He ain’t gonna fight Whittaker if it’s in the contract or not. I believe it is in the contract but all he’s gotta do is say, ‘I don’t fancy doing that and if you want me to fight again and maybe sell a lot of pay-per-views, it’s gotta be someone else.’
"The UFC would fold, I’ve got to imagine.
“He wants to beat me, go back down to welterweight, beat [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron [Woodley], and then face [UFC lightweight champion] Conor [McGregor], beat all three, and then retire and make a ton of money.
"And the UFC probably wants that to happen. By that I don’t mean beat Conor, I mean beat me. Beat me, then either beat Woodley or go straight to Conor.
“He doesn’t need to fight regularly. . . [St-Pierre can] fight sometime towards the end of next year and in the meantime, Conor can fight Diaz or Ferguson, whichever one it’s gonna be, and then he can take some time off, and in the meantime, St-Pierre can be losing the weight to meet at a catchweight.”
“The skeptic inside me says [the UFC] probably want that to happen. If I was running the UFC, that’s what I’d want to happen.
"My job is to play spoiler, wreck all those plans, and beat the s**t out of Georges St-Pierre.
“The way I’m performing, I’m knocking guys out every round. I honestly believe I can stop Georges, I can knock him out, I can beat him. I respect his wrestling, I’m not terrified of his wrestling.
"I’ve prepared for that. I think I’m gonna stop him. I’m gonna stop the little Frenchie in Madison Square Garden.”
What are your thoughts on Bisping saying that the UFC probably wants St-Pierre to walk out of Madison Square Garden with the middleweight title? Do you think that "The Count" makes a legitimate point? Or is he going a bit too far with these assumptions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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