The return of the almighty Georges St-Pierre is almost upon us, as the former UFC welterweight champion will meet current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Considering GSP hasn’t competed inside of the Octagon since defeating Johny Hendricks back in 2013, fight fans don’t really know what to expect from the Canadian in his return. While so much has been put into St-Pierre training alongside boxing coach Freddie Roach to improve his standup game, Bisping is counting on GSP doing the same thing he always does when the two meet next month..
“You’re going to waste all your energy trying to take me down,” Bisping said during a UFC 217 press conference yesterday (Fri., Oct. 13, 2017) in Toronto (full video replay here). “See, when you wrestle, that’s you trying to hide from fighting. I don’t hide from fighting. And Georges is going to have to fight me.”
If Bisping’s rundown is accurate then GSP has been “hiding from fighting” his entire career. The fact of the matter is that St-Pierre is the greatest welterweight to ever compete in mixed martial arts (MMA). His UFC track record is legendary and the reason why he’s going to jump right back into the PPV driver’s seat four years after unexpectedly walking away from the sport.
That said, St-Pierre hasn’t finished a fight since defeating B.J. Penn via TKO back in 2009. After putting an end to “Prodigy,” GSP won his next seven Octagon appearances all by decision. So if Bisping has anything to hang his hat on it’s that he’s more inclined to put St-Pierre away at UFC 217.
“Listen, here’s the thing. I don’t doubt you’ve been working on other things because that’s what we do as martial artists, but at the end of the day you can’t reinvent the wheel,” Bisping said. “The fundamentals are still the same, the same kicks, the same punches, the same submissions. What? Have you invented a new submission I’ve never seen before? A kick I’ve never seen? What exactly are you going to do?
“You’re going to jab, jab, double leg, bore everybody to sleep. I, on the other side, am going to try and knock you out.”
If St-Pierre is successfully able to move up to middleweight and dethrone Bisping at UFC 217 then he’ll be contractually forced to defend the 185-pound crown next year. But if St-Pierre’s new adjustments aren’t enough to get past the finish-hungry Bisping then the former UFC welterweight king may have to go back to his old stomping grounds.
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