White isn’t sure when St-Pierre is coming back but says he will challenge for the welterweight title in his return.
Although Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping still want to duke it out for the middleweight title, UFC president Dana White insists that the fight is off.
After spending over three years in quasi-retirement, former welterweight king St-Pierre announced that he would be returning to the UFC to challenge Bisping for the 185-pound strap.
The UFC officially announced the bout at a press conference in March and both men were expected to square off in July, but the fight was later canceled due to GSP allegedly trying to push the date back. The 36-year-old claims that the UFC knew he wasn’t ready to fight in July due to a lingering eye injury.
Head promoter White revealed that Bisping would fight the winner of the interim middleweight title bout between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero instead.
“It’s not happening,” White said about Bisping vs. GSP on “UFC Unfiltered” (h/t Damon Martin of FOX Sports). “Bisping’s a little banged up right now. These two [Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker] are going to fight for the interim championship and then Bisping will fight the winner.”
As for St-Pierre? White doesn’t seem too enthusiastic about his return but says he will challenge for the welterweight title he vacated in 2013.
“Georges St-Pierre will come back who knows when, November, December or next year, and he’ll fight whoever the champion is at 170 [pounds].”
“I’m not very confident in when GSP will return. So we’ll see.”
Despite St-Pierre wanting to challenge Bisping, White says ‘the world moves’ on and is adamant that he will return to his native division.
“I don’t wait for anybody,” he said about GSP. “The world moves on and we keep on rolling and when he comes back, he’ll come back and he’ll fight whoever the champion is at 170 [pounds].”
St-Pierre says that if he loses in his return fight, he will retire for good.
Meanwhile, the interim championship bout between Romero and Whittaker is expected to take place at UFC 213. The pay-per-view extravaganza features a women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko in the main event and is set to take place on July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.