Michael Bisping’s chances of facing Georges St-Pierre at UFC 206 are not looking good.
Just one day after declaring Bisping “verbally agreed” to fight Georges St-Pierre at the Toronto pay-per-view in December, St-Pierre has responded to the UFC middleweight champion.
“Nothing would make me more happy in the world than to fight you in Toronto, Michael,” St-Pierre said in a video posted on Twitter. “Last week, I met with Ari, and I made peace with Dana. I tired to resolve things, but unfortunately, right now it’s not happening. Hopefully things will change soon.”
UFC President Dana White reverberated St-Pierre’s claims late Tuesday, telling ESPN that the fight would not be taking place at UFC 206.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) October 26, 2016
The biggest issue at the moment appears to be St-Pierre’s current standing with White and the UFC. Having been retired from the sport since November 2013, St-Pierre recently declared his intent to return to the Octagon at some point in 2016. The Canadian fighter discussed his options with former owner Lorenzo Fertitta, but had his negotiations halted once ownership was transferred over to WME-IMG in July.
Saying he did not receive a suitable option in time, St-Pierre has since declared himself a free agent. The UFC, however, refuted St-Pierre’s claims and stated he was still under his Zuffa contract.
As noted, GSP is hopeful he and the UFC will be able to resolve the issues stopping him from continuing his MMA career; though it is unclear if both sides will be able to come to some sort of an agreement.