UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has generated some controversy over the last few weeks, as he’s been flirting with the idea of a superfight with Georges St-Pierre, and simultaneously showing disinterest in a fight with top middleweight contender Yoel Romero.
According to the British champion, however, he’d simply be foolish not to accept a fight with St-Pierre if it was offered to him.
“IF THEY OFFER ME THE NO. 1 CONTENDER, I’LL TAKE THE NO. 1 CONTENDER,” BISPING SAID ON A RECENT EPISODE OF THEUFC UNFILTERED PODCAST. “IF THEY OFFER ME GSP –LISTEN, I WILL BE A FOOL NOT TO TAKE IT – OF COURSE I WILL TAKE GSP. IF THEY WERE TO OFFER THAT FIGHT, BUT THERE’S BEEN NO WORD ABOUT IT.”
Bisping then went on to explain that, in his opinion, St-Pierre would be extremely unwise to take this fight.
“AFTER THREE YEARS [AWAY FROM THE CAGE], I THINK IT’S A TOUGH FIGHT FOR GSP IF I’M HONEST,” HE SAID. “FIGHTERS KNOW THE HARDEST PART OF FIGHTING – OF COURSE IT’S THE PHYSICAL – BUT THE HARDEST PART IS THE MENTAL ASPECT. THERE’S SELF-DOUBT, INNER DEMONS.”
“GSP KIND OF HAD A TOUGH FIGHT LAST TIME OUT AGAINST JOHNY HENDRICKS,” THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP CONTINUED. “AND SPENDING THREE YEARS AWAY, AND COMING BACK STEPPING UP A WEIGHT CLASS AND FIGHTING ME, I THINK THAT’S A BAD IDEA FOR GEORGES ST-PIERRE. IF HE WANTS TO DO IT THEN GOD BLESS.”
St-Pierre has not stepped into the cage since 2013, when he scored a razor thin decision win over Johny Hendricks, defending his welterweight belt for a ninth time. Bisping, meanwhile, was last seen in action when he defended his title with a similarly close decision over the retiring Dan Henderson.
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This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 2/22/2017.