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Michael Bisping will move up to fight Daniel Cormier after beating Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217

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I guess that Frank Mir fight will have to wait.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping is preparing to beat former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, then move up to light heavyweight where he can topple 205-pound kingpin Daniel Cormier.

If for no other reason than to annoy everyone in the world.

After capturing the crown from Luke Rockhold in June 2016, Bisping (30-7) came under heavy fire for making his first title defense against geriatric slugger Dan Henderson, which preceded his “Rush” challenge going down in just a few weeks.

But you can blame this latest endeavor on Cormier, according to comments Bisping made on his official podcast (via MMA Fighting):

“I was working with Daniel Cormier at the weekend and all he kept talking about all weekend was, ‘Mike, I want to fight you next. I want to fight you.’ On air, off air, at the hotel, constantly. He was like, ‘Mike, I will break you within five minutes.’ I would fight Daniel Cormier because that would be a huge fight. So DC, if you’re serious, which I kind of think you are, then yeah, screw it, if only to annoy everyone in the world I will, again, fight somebody who doesn’t fight at middleweight. I used to fight at 205, Dan. I was 15-0, so be careful what you wish for.”

I guess he forgot about that light heavyweight loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 78.

Cormier was given his title back — after Jon Jones pried it from his sleepy fingers — after the UFC 214 drug test fiasco put “Bones” on the bench indefinitely. There are a handful of viable contenders at 205 pounds (like these guys), but nothing has been set in stone just yet.

Naturally, none of this matters is Bisping is unable to get past St-Pierre in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

For much more on that upcoming fight click here.

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