UFC's Dana White announces Georges St-Pierre to face Michael Bisping

Elbert EdwardsMar 02, 2017

He has never fought at middleweight in his illustrious career, but last June he told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that Bisping is the opponent he most desired for his Octagon comeback.

Today, Dana White answered that question as he announced that St-Pierre will face Michael Bisping later this year. Although an official date and venue have yet to be announced, the UFC is hoping to have the fight take place in the latter half of 2017.

This matchup may also come as a surprise to some as White was also on record stating St-Pierre could potentially drop down to lightweight ahead of his return. Bisping's last loss was in 2014 when he was submitted in the second round by Luke Rockhold when the two rivals fought for the first time.

The bout against St-Pierre is set to be Bisping's second defence, having beaten his nemesis Dan Henderson in October via unanimous decision. He'd have to face Silva or Diaz because the opportunities would both be too huge to pass up, and they'd certainly be several times bigger than St-Pierre vs. any one of the top middleweights in terms of rankings.

The 38-year-old Bisping (31-7-0) had been campaigning for a big-money fight against St-Pierre (25-2-0). That's the only reason he's in my mind. Not because I'm trying to rob the UFC, or rob the fans of the No. 1 contender, or do wrong to Yoel Romero. He has long said, however, that he would not pass on the option to fight St-Pierre if it were offered. I want it for my family's sake. Instead, his return is set - and with it comes the opportunity to make even more history. "Even Muhammad Ali, after a three-year layoff, didn't look the same", White added, but "St-Pierre is always in shape, takes care of himself physically, so we'll see what happens".

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