GSP Reveals His Team Told Him Not To Fight Michael Bisping

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Newly-crowned middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre may have successfully defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217, but before he did, his team was skeptical about how the fight could have played out.

In fact, GSP’s team told him outright that it was a bad idea to fight Bisping, the two-time UFC champ revealed to MMA Junkie following UFC 217:

“What I’ve done, it’s never going to be taken away from me. It’s something I will keep for the rest of my life. Maybe one day I will go through some negative thing in my life. I will be able to think back about that moment, and it will make me smile. That’s what it is what people don’t understand. I do this to live a moment. I lived a moment.

“I feel very privileged to live that moment. It was a big risk, but bigger the risk, bigger the reward. Even though a lot of people in my entourage told me it was a bad idea, I always trusted my myself and I always believed I was able to do it, and I did it and I’m very proud.”

While the risk may have paid off against Bisping, St-Pierre was realistic in his assessment of the fight game. GSP came out of a four-year retirement to challenge for the middleweight title after a grueling fight against Johny Hendricks back at UFC 167, a fight he won by controversial split decision and also a fight where he left battered and bruised.

With recent revelations regarding brain trauma and concussions, St-Pierre remains deliberately vague when discussing his plans for the future:

“The goal in this game is to retire on top, to not leave too late like a lot of guys like Muhammad Ali,” St-Pierre said. “They made the mistake of believing they were on top, but when you start to get a little bit greedy thinking that you’re special – we’re all human beings, and nobody is invisible. There’s no such thing as being the strongest man. When I was young, I wanted to do MMA because I wanted to be the strongest man. There’s no such thing. I realize now. Everybody can beat everybody on any given day.”

GSP is expected to defend his middleweight belt against interim champ Robert Whittaker sometime in the near future, however, even that is far from certain to happen.

Should St-Pierre continue fighting now that he’s middleweight champion? Or would a brutal loss to a top middleweight like Whittaker, Brunson, or Romero tarnish his historic legacy?

  • Shock Wave

    Georges most likely will defend once.
    I think he’ll take out Whittaker, then retire.

    • Shane Rene

      Considering Whitaker defeated Jacare Souza and Yoel Romero I think GSP taking him out is highly unlikely. I think the smart thing for him to do would be retire on top, as he suggested. Whitaker has incredible knock out power and his defensive wrestling is the best in the division. Terrible fight for GSP.

      • Shock Wave

        Bisping was a terrible fight for GSP, looky what happened!

        Regardless, whatever Georges decides, Whittaker better be ready!

        • Kris-tyahn

          I agree, but I still think MW is too big for him, like GSP said, he wasn’t a big WW, he looked it, but when you compared him to most WW’s, he’s probably average (4 years ago).
          Fight for the title at WW – hopefully win and then one last fight vs. McGregor & retire win or lose!

      • Kris-tyahn

        Doesn’t matter who Whitaker beat, b/c Bisping defeated Silva, Hendo and Rockhold, and I don’t think GSP can beat either of them, except maybe Henderson b/c he’s not a cardio machine & he’s OLD!
        Whitaker was horrible at WW for whatever reason, maybe the weight cut, but still, many have cut more weight than Whitaker and did very well.
        Whitaker sure beat Souza and barely defeated Romero who won the first 2 rounds. However GSP is a completely diff animal, he makes you fight out of your comfort zone b/c he’s unpredictable.
        I’d prefer if he moved to WW, but if he were to fight Whitaker I would bet he’d lose 6 out of 10 times, but any given Saturday night, anything is possible.

  • Sébastien Poitras

    GSP said “people in my entourage”. Title says “his team”. Two different things, even though one is obviously a subset of the other.

  • ekevin420bc .

    I got GSP against Whitaker for sure I cant see how anybody could ever say its a terrible fight for GSP he always finds a way to win his really experience and skill level is way higher than Whitaker for sure Whitaker has a chance but a slim one Gsp hasn’t really ever lost besides a fluke to matt sera and Matt hughs which was his first title shot and didn’t perform like he could have