UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is defending the title against former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 217.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold doesn’t think that GSP should be in the fight and he wants him out of the encounter.
“I’m not calling ‘GSP’ out wrong. Don’t get it wrong; get it straight,” Rockhold told MMA Junkie. “I’m telling ‘GSP’ to get the (expletive) out of his irrelevant fight. I don’t think he has any chance. I really don’t. I’m just telling you the straight truth. ‘GSP’ is going to get crushed. His game plan will not work against Bisping. As much as I don’t like (Bisping), the other guy, he’s going to lose. The takedowns, Bisping is going to scramble. He’s going to get up. The size is going to wear on him. He’s going to outbox him, and he’s probably going to put him away in the later rounds. That’s the fight. It’s going to happen. I’ll bet the house on it. I’ll even (expletive) bet on it.”
GSP is returning to action after a four-plus year absence, with his last fight being a decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
Rockhold believes that if GSP were to win the middleweight title, then GSP won’t be defending the title against any of the division’s top contenders.
“‘GSP,’ if he wins, somehow, some way, because anything can happen in the sport maybe, but he ain’t going to (expletive) fight any of us,” Rockhold said. “There’s no way he fights any of us. That’s the stupidest thing about this fight.”
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.