Yet another middleweight contender has spoken out against the UFC’s decision to book a title fight between Michael Bisping and GSP.
Top-five ranked middleweight contender, Gegard Mousasi, is the latest fighter to ridicule the championship showdown between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre.
Since the bout was announced in March, a plethora of unhappy middleweight contenders, including the likes of ‘Jacare’ Souza, Luke Rockhold, and Yoel Romero, have voiced their frustration.
Bisping, who knocked out Rockhold to win the title last year in one of the sport’s biggest upsets, defended the belt in a grudge match against Dan Henderson at UFC 294 and was then expected to face No. 1 challenger, ‘Soldier of God’.
The UFC, however, decided to book Bisping against the newly-returned St-Pierre, and Mousasi simply can’t wrap his head around the decision.
“The UFC is making these fights that don’t make any sense,” Mousasi told MMA Junkie Radio ahead of his UFC 210 bout against Chris Weidman. “Dan Henderson and now (Georges St-Pierre), so if they would have done it the correct way, Romero would have fought for his belt, (Ronaldo) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) would have got his shot by now, and I would have been afterwards. But because of this fight (between Bisping and St-Pierre) that really doesn’t make any sense, the No. 1 contenders have to wait.
“Let’s say after this fight, I have to put everything on the line again to get a win, and then fight for the title, where it actually should have been me already if the UFC hadn’t made those stupid fights.”
While from a rankings perspective, Bisping vs. GSP doesn’t make much sense, the middleweight championship bout is likely to generate mass hype and pay-per-view buys — it is the return of one of the most popular mixed martial arts fighters to ever compete, after all.
No date or venue has been confirmed, but Bisping is expected to defend his title against St-Pierre during international fight week in July.
Mousasi, a multi-promotion world champion, will take on former 185-pound champ Weidman at UFC 210. The pay-per-view, which is headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, takes place next week, April 8, at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.