Just a few days after saying that ship had sailed on a Middleweight title fight between current division champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has changed his mind.
During the UFC 214 post-fight press conference, White revealed that he will indeed move forward with the 185-pound strap instead of letting “Rush” attempt to win the Welterweight title back from Tyron Woodley. And to hear him tell it, it had a lot to do with Woodley’s lackluster performance against Demian Maia in the co-main event.
“Yup! There you go. Because I know Michael Bisping will fight. Michael Bisping will show up and actually fight,” said White. “So yeah, we will give it to him. The ship turned around and fucking sailed back.”
When asked to dissect “The Chosen’s” win over Maia, Tyron was none-too pleased and revealed he even let Woodley hear about it backstage.
“We just had a little talk in the back, you know,” before pausing to read a text from St-Pierre. “He said, ‘I heard you were talking about my performance.’ And I said, ‘You broke a record tonight (fewest punches thrown), that speaks for itself.’ He said, ‘Well he has 17 takedown attempts.’ So I said, ‘Yeah, not one of them were close, you fought them off and the guy had one eye since the first round,’” said White.
“You are faster, you are stronger, your hands are better. You are explosive.’”
“I believe Woodley could have finished that fight in the first round. If not, he definitely could’ve finished in the second round. If you had a remote control for that guy, the guy is a freak of nature, an incredible fighter. Now, it’s easy to say a win is a win, but when you get booed out of the arena, that means people don’t want to watch you fight. That’s how you make a living and it’s not good if people don’t want to watch you fight,” said White.
And when asked if he thought fans would rather see Woodley vs. St-Pierre, White didn’t hold back. “You ask fans if they want to see Woodley fight again. That would be a flat out no. Who wants to pay to see Tyron Woodley fight again?”
“He is an absolute physical specimen, the guy could’ve finished that fight at anytime he wanted to. But, he didn’t want to take the risks. You take no risks you get no rewards.” concluded White.
Now, it seems those plans Woodley had for a showdown against “GSP” inside Madison Square Garden in New York City this November, are now Bisping’s, though White couldn’t confirm a date and location for the title fight.
Furthermore, the fact that Robert Whittaker is currently sidelined with a knee injury, gave White even more reason to give “Rush” the chance to win the Middleweight strap and give “The Count” the big-money fight he’s longed for.
Are you surprised?
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