For as many people who criticize Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight for fighting Georges St-Pierre instead of a true top 185-pound contender, there are just as many people who bash “Rush” for asking for a title fight against “The Count.”
That’s because many have long have had a view of Bisping as being an “easy fight,” despite the fact that he’s the current 185-pound king with a successful title defense to his name and is tied with “GSP” with most wins inside the Octagon with 20.
Nevertheless, Bisping says St-Pierre in for a rude awakening when the two tango at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017 in New York, as “The Count” says he isn’t the same fighter that trained with St-Pierre during a time when “Rush” schooled him in the wrestling department.
“We trained together a long, long time ago and he outwrestled me then,” Bisping said on The MMA Hour via MMA Fighting. “I didn’t know a double-leg from a Big Mac. So he still thinks he can outwrestle me down and beat me.”
To his point, Bisping says Georges specifically asking to fight him when he never wanted to face the likes of Anderson Silva prove that the Canadian doesn’t view “The Count” as a huge threat.
“He didn’t want to fight Anderson Silva when he was the champion. He didn’t want to fight Luke Rockhold when he was the champion. So he’s looking at me as easy pickings. That’s why he’s focused on fighting me so much. And for all this talk, I say Georges is a fraud. And Canada, who looks at him as their champion — Canada’s champion is a fucking fraud.”
St-Pierre hasn’t competed in close to three years, so some don’t expect to see the same dominate welterweight champion that ruled the division with an iron fist.
Especially since he’ll be taking on a much bigger foe.
That said, “Rush” has never been one to take time off from training or the gym, so being in great condition won’t be an issue. The real question is, will his fighting skills still be up to par after such a lengthy layoff?
Time will tell.