After more than three years away from the Octagon, MMA fighting legend Georges St. Pierre will make what he hopes is a triumphant return sometime this summer when he faces current UFC Middleweight Champ Michael Bisping. Or will he? No official date has been set, mainly because St. Pierre appears to be dragging his feet. As such, UFC President Dana White has yet to reveal an actual fight date.
Meanwhile, Bisping has made it clear he wants the bout to happen this summer, perhaps as early as July 8, during International Fight Week in Las Vegas. He also stated that Yoel Romero, who was originally supposed to be his opponent after he knocked out Chris Weidman in UFC 205, will get the title shot should St. Pierre continue to be noncommittal.
Considering that Georges has never fought as a middleweight, and hasn’t strapped on the gloves since his controversial split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks in November 2013, it’s reasonable to conclude that his return might be put on hold for the foreseeable future, if not permanently.
There’s no doubting St. Pierre’s uncanny stamina, fierce jab, and unparalleled skill-set, but at age 35 with nothing really left to prove, is entering this fray actually in his best interest, financials aside? Well, odds published by BetOnline.ag Sportsbook seem to think it is:
St. Pierre -155
Despite his lengthy absence, the fact remains that St. Pierre has won his last 12 fights, and was a favorite in each one. Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Bisping has reeled off five straight, including unanimous decisions over Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva. Like St. Pierre, Bisping has the patience and versatility to take fights the distance. He has five more career victories and won’t at all be intimidated by the aura surrounding his would-be challenger.
Obviously this match would be epic to watch, and huge for UFC at the box office. However, as the calendar flips and nothing is heard from St. Pierre’s camp, it becomes more and more likely that it’s fantasy, not reality.