It appeared that Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre would be the biggest fight of the summer, but #GSP's unwillingness to compete before October combined with Bisping's slew of movie roles and injuries have led to the complications with the proposed fight.
Bisping, like many others, expected a deal to be reached with St-Pierre after their UFC press conference but there's been little communication since.
“As of right now, no official word from the UFC," Bisping said on his podcast Believe You Me. "I haven’t heard anything, and Georges is still hoping for it, I’m still hoping for it. I’ll say this; I was offered the fight twice. I was offered the fight in October, and it never materialized. I was offered the fight in January or February, and it did materialize, and we had a press conference, and we shook hands, and we stood there in Las Vegas, and we talked a bit of sh*t."
All signs pointed to UFC 213 in Las Vegas as the site for their proposed bout, but plans for the title fight have fallen apart since. Dana White announced that Bisping would instead defend his title against #1 contender Yoel Romero. The GSP cancellation was news to Bisping.
"I haven’t heard anything about it. I reached out to Georges, and he said he hasn’t heard anything officially either, and I still haven’t heard anything from the UFC or Dana White," said Bisping.
The possible cancellation of Bisping-GSP made us think of a few other fights that fell apart before the combatants could stand toe-to-toe in the Octagon.
Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos
- Event: UFC 196
- Date: March 5, 2016
For the second time in less than a year, a world champion pulled out of a fight with Conor McGregor. On February 23rd, Rafael dos Anjos suffered a foot injury and left McGregor without an opponent and delayed his opportunity to fight for the lightweight championship. The two have yet to fight, but RDA still believes he would've beaten McGregor.
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Event: UFC 209
- Date: March 4, 2017
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov arguably made it as far as fighters can before pulling the plug on a fight. Complications during Nurmagomedov's weight cut led to his hospitalization and the cancellation of the fight. This was the third time Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have had a to cancel on each other.
Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones
- Event: UFC 151
- Date: September 1, 2012
Jon Jones and Dan Henderson were nine days away from a marquee fight, but fate intervened. Henderson pulled out of the fight with a knee injury, leaving the UFC with no choice but to cancel the entire event. Dana White and the UFC blamed the cancellation on Jon Jones and created a rift between the sides that still stands (albeit for other reasons).
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
- Event: UFC 175
- Date: July 5, 2014
Sonnen and Silva's rivalry built over the years, but it came to a head when both coached a season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
Alas, the build up to the fight is all fans would be able to enjoy. The Nevada Athletic Commission showed up at Silva’s gym for a random drug test, which prompted Silva to head for the hills and escape out the gym via a side door. Silva was suspended and Vitor Belfort replaced him at UFC 175. The irony, Sonnen failed his pre-fight drug test, showing traces of human growth hormone (HGH). That led to the end of Sonnen's UFC career.
They end their feud at the upcoming #Bellator180 event.
Jose Aldo - Anthony Pettis
- Event: UFC 163
- Date: August 3, 2013
Some may forget that a superfight between Anthony "Showtime" Pettis and Jose Aldo almost occurred at UFC 163 before a Pettis knee injury called off the bout. The UFC had set up a promotional campaign for the event that'd span the course of six months, but all was scrapped after Pettis' diagnosis. Chan Sung Jung replaced Pettis in the Aldo fight and Pettis fought Benson Henderson for the lightweight title upon his return from injury. It's still hard to figure out why the UFC didn't revisit the matchup after both became champion.
Matt Hughes vs. Anderson Silva
- Event: UFC 36
- Date: November 19, 2005
In one of the earlier missed UFC opportunities, Matt Hughes and future UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva were scheduled to throw down at UFC 36. Unfortunately, Silva's Pride deal kept him from challenging Hughes and fans are left to always wonder "what if?"
Jon Jones vs. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson
- Event: UFC 187
- Date: May 23, 2015
Aw, the one that got away. Jon Jones is considered by most the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, but he's often sabotaged his legacy with his out of competition antics. Perhaps none was bigger than his removal from #UFC187 for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run incident involving a pregnant woman.
Jones' gaff cost fans the opportunity to test his skills against one of the best knockout punchers in MMA, "Rumble" Johnson. The fans we the true losers in this situation.
Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos
- Event: UFC 131
- Date: June 11, 2011
Once upon a time, #BrockLesnar was atop the UFC's heavyweight division but a bout with Diverticulitis, and Cain Velasquez, had Brock Lesnar thirsty to work his way back into title contention. In a fight for the #1 contender spot, Lesnar was booked to challenge fellow TUF 13 coach Junior Dos Santos at #UFC131.
The fight never occurred. Lesnar's illness forced him out of the fight and dos Santos defeated Shane Carwin to earn his title opportunity.