Michael Bisping has kept rumours of a potential fight with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 206 alive by going on social media and attacking the former welterweight champion for not signing the contract.
Following his five-round war with Dan Henderson at UFC 204 earlier this month in Manchester, UK, the reigning and defending middleweight champion has blasted GSP for not stepping up and accepting a fight in Canada where the current pay-per-vie is lacking true star power.
Taking to twitter, Bisping implied that the deal is up in the air due to St-Pierre’s demand for more money. “We all want more money,” ‘The Count’ tweeted. “But let’s go, sign the papers. Give the people of Toronto what they want, be a hero! Let’s go champ!”
Just a week ago GSP declared himself a free agent but was then subsequently spotted in Las Vegas, leading many to believe he was in crunch talks with the UFC brass to get a deal done. Following his claim to free agency this prompted an official statement by the promotion stating otherwise.
“Georges St-Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter,” the statement read. “Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same.”
Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White reached out to MMAjunkie via text message yesterday to deny the Bisping vs. GSP fight was ever on the cards for Toronto.
“There is no Bisping vs. ‘GSP’ fight in Toronto,” White informed John Morgan. “I know Mike wants it, but it’s not happening.”
In subsequent tweets Bisping then claimed negotiations between the two parties had been going on for a number of days and although he had not officially signed any bout agreements he had verbally agreed to the fight.
With just six weeks to go until the event, time is surely running out, although the UFC has pulled rabbits out of the hat before in less time. Brock Lesnar was brought back to the promotion and added to UFC 200 to face Mark Hunt just four weeks before the event.
Given he’s back in the USADA testing pool and passed the four-month period to be eligible to fight in Toronto on December 10th, it appears the two parties cannot come to terms on an agreement for the time being which would be a pity for all the Canadian MMA fans who had been anticipating the former welterweight king’s return to the Octagon.