Former two division UFC champion Georges St. Pierre recently announced his retirement from professional MMA competition.
Michael Bisping is a former middleweight champion and former opponent of GSP, but Bisping wants to see more fighters model themselves after GSP.
“I just want to say, listen, Georges St-Pierre, absolute legend of the sport. Absolute legend. God bless and good luck in everything that you do from here on out. I always said that Georges St-Pierre was the person that a young fighter should model themselves after. They really should. Always strive to learn new training methods. Training smart, fight smart, professional in and out of the cage,” Bisping said on Believe You Me (via MMA Fighting).
Bisping and GSP fought at UFC 217, with GSP defeating Bisping via third round submission to win the UFC Middleweight Title.
An also retired Bisping talked a lot of trash to GSP in the lead up to their fight, but Bisping also respects GSP in the end.
“Of course I talked a ton of sh*t leading up to the fight because that’s what you’ve got to do to make it interesting,” Bisping said. “But I had a lot of respect for GSP. That’s not to say I fabricated everything. I meant what I was saying to him at the time. We’re gonna fight, he thinks he can beat me? I take that personally.”
UFC 217 wound up being the final time GSP competed in the Octagon, while Bisping would fight once more before hanging up the gloves.