Bisping responds to Joe Rogan’s claim that the GSP fight delegitimizes the UFC middleweight title.
Joe Rogan offered a fair criticism of the recently announced middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, claiming that the bout devalues the concept of championships and world titles.
Bisping, who was expected to defend the belt against No. 1 ranked MW contender Yoel Romero, respects Rogan’s MMA knowledge and insight but feels the St-Pierre fight is perfectly fair.
“Listen, Joe’s a very smart man and he’s very learned on the subject of mixed martial arts and the UFC,” Bisping said on his Sirius XM podcast The Countdown, per Ben Kiely of Sports Joe. “He’s been around forever. He knows the sport, but as I say, he kind of contradicted himself. He’s like, ‘why have title fights?’ but then he says, ‘I, for sure, would get the popcorn and buy this PPV.”
The champ argued that, because he is now sat atop the throne and officially ranked as the best middleweight in the world, he is in a position to negotiate for the most high-profile fights.
“See, to become a champion, you have to pay your dues which I did for a long, long, long time. When you become the champion, it changes because now, it’s only a very small portion, but you get a portion of the PPV. Now every single fight you have, there’s a possibility you’re going to lose that fight, So you want to maximise the potential.
“You want the fights to be as big as possible, but in terms of credibility as well, that has to be a factor. With Georges St-Pierre coming back, I feel like I’m trying to justify a point that I’ve said a million times, but Joe actually just said there himself, he would buy the fight. He 100% would buy it, so therefore, there goes my argument.”
Bisping promises to accept a fight with ‘Soldier of God’ after he takes care of St-Pierre in the Summer.
“Well actually, it’s not crazy, it’s not ludicrous, it’s not beyond the realms of imagination, because Georges St-Pierre, in a lot of ways, is the perfect warm-up fight for Yoel Romero,” Bisping said about Rogan’s criticism of fighting Romero immediately after GSP. “They’ve got very similar styles. Yes, Yoel is bigger and hits harder, but they’ve both got fantastic wrestling, they’re both shorter guys than me.
“Say we fight, I don’t know when it is, say UFC 215 for argument’s sake. UFC 217, I’ll do it (fight Romero). I’ll do it because I don’t want all the work I’ve done, all the wrestling work I’ve done, I don’t want to get rusty in that regard.”
While no official date or venue has been announced, Bisping vs. St-Pierre is expected to take place during international fight week in July.