Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently decided to re-book a Middleweight title fight between current division champion Michael Bisping and former Welterweight kingpin, Georges St-Pierre, which now has a definitive date of Nov. 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Still, there are some people who aren’t buying it, including Luke Rockhold, who says he’s not convinced “Rush” will make the date, suggesting there are too many obstacles that could be in Georges’ way after such an extended period on the sidelines.
“It obviously doesn’t sit well. We will see what happens. Nothing is official until it’s official,” he said during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “Who knows at this point. Georges has been out a long time, and I can only control what’s in front of me which is September 16, I am going to go do my job and put myself in line.”
Rockhold, himself out of action for over a year, faces David Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 on September 16 in Pittsburgh.
As Luke sees it, there will be a title fight in “The Big Apple,” but betting on St-Pierre to be the one standing in front of “The Count” is a big risk.
“There will be a fight in November, but we just don’t know who. You never know if it’s Georges. Who knows if Georges is going to make a fight. At this stage of the game and all of the things he’s been through you can’t expect that he’s going to show up to that date,” said Rockhold.
“His body might fail, his mind might fail. There are a lot of things in question with Georges.”
Should St-Pierre makes the scheduled date, it will be four years since his last bout, which came against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, so there’s no telling what kind of fighting form he will be in.