UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is less than two weeks away from defending the gold against former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217.
Bisping claims that if he was the one running the UFC, then he would want GSP to walk away with the strap.
“The skeptic inside me says [the UFC] probably want that to happen. If I was running the UFC, that’s what I’d want to happen (GSP win at UFC 217). My job is to play spoiler, wreck all those plans, and beat the s**t out of Georges St-Pierre. The way I’m performing, I’m knocking guys out every round. I honestly believe I can stop Georges, I can knock him out, I can beat him. I respect his wrestling, I’m not terrified of his wrestling. I’ve prepared for that. I think I’m gonna stop him. I’m gonna stop the little Frenchie in Madison Square Garden,” Bisping said on Believe You Me.
GSP is returning for the first time in over four years and his last bout was a close decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
The middleweight champion believes that GSP has a plan to fight both UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in the future.
“He wants to beat me, go back down to welterweight, beat [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron [Woodley], and then face [UFC lightweight champion] Conor [McGregor], beat all three, and then retire and make a ton of money. And the UFC probably wants that to happen. By that I don’t mean beat Conor, I mean beat me. Beat me, then either beat Woodley or go straight to Conor,” says Bisping.
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Micahel Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.