After injuries to both Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre (see them here and here) continued to hold up their planned Middleweight title fight -- all while holding up the division — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White opted to cancel the match.
Much to the chagrin of “The Count” and “Rush,” the promotion went ahead and booked an interim title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker, which is set to go down at UFC 213 on July 8, 2017, with the winner taking on Bisping down the road. Furthermore, White claimed that once St-Pierre was ready and able to return to action, he would fight for the Welterweight strap.
St-Pierre, though, is still painting a different picture, as he is now more confident than ever that a title fight against Bisping will happen, especially after he finally had a one-on-one conversation with the boss man himself.
“It was changing, but I talked to Dana a few days ago and he wrote me at the end. I tried to convince him that it was a good thing that if I come back, it needs to be a situation - I [have] a lot to risk and I need to have something that I can gain from it,” said “Rush” on a recent interview with TSN (via MMA Fighting). “So big risk, big reward and fighting Michael Bisping, that’s what that gives me. He’s the one that has the most wins in the UFC history. He just beat my record by one but if I beat him, I will beat him. I know Michael will retire, I think, if he ever loses [again]. I talked to Dana and at the end of the conversation he said. ‘Look we’ll figure it out. We’ll see what happens.’ So hopefully it will happen.”
St-Pierre has laid out a potential return to action in November, and with UFC returning to Madison Square Garden in New York City that month, the French-Canadian would love nothing more than to get his hands on “The Count” inside one of the most famous arenas in the world.
For St-Pierre, the mistake both he and White made was trying to communicate through the media instead of face-to-face. Now that it has been accomplished, they both have a better understanding of where they stand.
“I’m positive [it will happen]. I think it will happen. I think it will. After the conversation I had with him, because the problem I have with Dana is my mistake,” he said. “We talked through reporters. There’s declaration and stuff so I think it’s good that we talk to each other and can see where are minds are and work together for the benefit of UFC, of me, for the fans, and make everybody happy.”
St-Pierre hasn’t competed since defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 back in 2013.