UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping was expecting to defend the gold against former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre later this year.
Dana White, the UFC President, announced that the fight was canceled and now Bisping believes he may never fight GSP.
“I know they’re trying to move on from the GSP fight. From my understanding, it looks like the GSP fight isn’t happening. I’ve yet to have a discussion with them about this. From my understanding, Georges still wants to fight me and I still want to fight Georges. So this is what I want to know: I want to know what the problem is. If the UFC have moved on, they got tired of waiting, whatever. But to my understanding, the fight was never gonna really happen in July anyway. I heard that from some sources right at the start. They said, ‘we’re hoping for July 8th but it’s probably not gonna be that.’,” Bisping said on Believe You Me.
Bisping is currently dealing with a knee injury and is expected to return to action in late 2017.
Although there is little hope the fight will actually happen, the middleweight champion does believe that the UFC President owes him one.
“It probably isn’t happening but let’s not give up all hope,” he said. “It’s not done. We’re gonna have the conversation, I’m gonna put my best foot forward that I should still fight GSP. That is my objective. When I speak to Dana, I’m gonna say ‘Dana, I feel like you owe me this fight.’ We had a deal. I fought everybody they put in front of me my whole career, I’ve been a soldier for the organization, so we’ll see what happens.”
With Bisping out of action, there is going to be an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker at UFC 213.