Georges St-Pierre is ready to fight and he wants to do it in front of his home crowd. While ongoing contractual issues with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has hampered GSP's official return, the two sides are likely to get a deal done sooner rather than later.
If that's the case, the former UFC welterweight champion will have to watch his back for an Englishman determined to take the biggest fight available. Michael Bisping, who earned the UFC middleweight strap earlier this year with a knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, has officially challenged St-Pierre to a 180-pound catchweight bout at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 live from Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"Quit being a p**sy Georges," said Bisping in a recent interview with Daily Star Sport earlier this week (h/t Bloody Elbow). "I officially challenge Georges St-Pierre to a fight in Toronto in December. I'll fight him at 180lbs. Right here, right now, I challenge him."
That's funny. Doesn't Bisping have an upcoming title defense opposite mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Dan Henderson at UFC 204 on Oct. 8? We're pretty sure he does. But that isn't going to stop "The Count" from lobbying for the biggest fight of his career.
"I would love to fight Georges St-Pierre in December in Toronto," added Bisping. "I fight in October, I could make it in December. That's two months. Easy peasy lemon squeezy."
While Bisping can talk all the trash he wants to, it's likely that UFC will grant GSP either a title shot opposite current 170-pound king Tyron Woodley later this year, a No. 1 contender's bout with resurgent veteran Demian Maia or a highly-anticipated rematch with a returning Nick Diaz.