GSP’s return delayed

May 11, 2017

Last February it was reported that Georges St. Pierre was making a long-anticipated return to the UFC. But today that return’s in question, as the fight between him and UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisbing has been called off.
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UFC President Dana White has officially taken the fight off the schedule, instead deciding to give the Bisbing fight to original Middleweight #1 contender, Yoel Romero.

The decision revolves around frustration at GSP. St-Pierre had extended a message to Bisbing asking him to pick a date for the bout sometime after October. The match was originally supposed to take place before the end of July.

That was the point in which White decided that “enough is enough” and although GSP will still be returning to the Octagon somehow, it now looks like he needs a new match.

Romero had initially been asked to vacate his #1 contender opportunity to allow the GSP-Bisbing fight to move forward. Even after his knockout win over Chris Weidman, Romero relented and stepped down from the fight. Romero himself wasn’t exactly pleased with the decision (as were several UFC fighters and reporters) and the pressure from the backlash has payed off.

“Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre — they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now. Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that’s even the case. It could be next year……So we’re not waiting for Georges St-Pierre any more. We’re moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot.” – Dana White, speaking to FOX Sports Australia’s “UFC Fight Week.”

GSP has not competed in the Octagon since his decision victory over Johnny Hendricks, stretching back all the way to UFC 167 in 2013. St-Pierre appears to have his eyes set on putting his name among the likes of Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor as the only men to have won titles in two different weight classes.

But those plans will be on hold, at least until November.

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