Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is set to make his UFC return to fight UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping later this year.
The two met at a press conference prior to UFC 209 and GSP believes Bisping embarrassed himself that night.
“He caught me off-guard a little bit. I didn’t see him coming,” St-Pierre said on The MMA Hour. “I thought he would be absent from that press conference when it first started and he wasn’t there. And he started yelling at me. You know, there are a lot of guys who are very good trash talkers in this game. Conor McGregor is one, Chael Sonnen is one, he’s an expert. And I always feel like I cannot get into a war of words with these guys, because first, English is not my first language, and I’m just not good at trash talking. I do my talking in the fight. I’m not a good talker, I’m a good fighter. But what I can say is this: I do not believe Michael Bisping is a good trash talker. I believe the best thing he did for me was to talk, because he embarrassed himself every time he opened his mouth. So he did the job for me. I didn’t even have to say anything.”
GSP hasn’t competed since defending the title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Despite the burgeoning rivalry with Bipsing, the former welterweight champion finds something inspirational about him.
“It was very inspirational for me,” St-Pierre said. “Michael Bisping has been very outspoken [against] performing enhancing drugs, like I am. Most of his losses come from guys who have been taking performance enhancing drugs. And also, he’s the kind of fighter, he’s very inspiring because he’s a very hard worker. He’s not the kind of fighter who only relies on his natural gifts or his natural talents and his elegance. Because those fighters, sometimes when they crack, they crack and never come back the same. Michael has been brought down before in the past, many times, and every time he stood up and came back stronger every time. So, these kinds of fighters are the worst nightmare guys that you can fight. As inspiring as it is for me to fight him, and I’m glad because he’s going to make good money and I think Michael deserves, and I deserve it, I think it’s a very, very — it’s the most dangerous fight that I’ve taken in my entire career.”
Bisping hasn’t competed since defending the welterweight gold against Dan Henderson at UFC 204.