UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is going to be defending the gold against former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre later this year.
The champion has been getting lots of backlash from other in the middleweight division about his upcoming fight, which prompted the champion to issue a response.
“You know what the thing is? I had to wait a very, very long time for my title shot,” Bisping said on The Countdown. “And I didn’t go out there and I didn’t whine, I didn’t bitch, I didn’t go to Twitter and Instagram and every single f*cking journalist that I spoke to and [say], ‘woe is me,’ and ‘this is ridiculous,’ and ‘the state of mixed martial arts in the UFC is going to s**t.’ I never said that. You do you. You carry on fighting. The cream rises to the top and if you’re good enough, you’ll get your f*cking shot. If you’re so good ‘Jacare,’ and if you’re so good Yoel Romero, the landscape of MMA is ever-changing and if you’re that good, you’re gonna continue to win fights and you’ll get your shot. So stop whinging, stop complaining. Get over it. I’m fighting GSP, hopefully in the summer [or] early fall and that’s just that. It’s set in motion. The fight is happening. It’s gonna do big business. Get over it.”
When Bisping does defend the gold against GSP, it will be his second title defense, as he defeated Dan Henderson by decision at UFC 204.
Bisping does have a suggestion for top contenders Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza, which is to face each other in a rematch.
“In the meantime, perhaps you guys can rematch because ‘Jacare’ lost to Yoel which I thought was a close fight,” Bisping said. “I thought maybe ‘Jacare’ won that fight regardless and then Yoel Romero tested positive. So I don’t see why those two guys don’t rematch in the interim. Maybe they can be a co-main event on that card and then I get to face the winner.”
There is no date set yet for the Bisping/GSP fight, but it will be taking place in the second half of the year.