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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was supposed to face former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sometime this year, at least that's what St-Pierre and the world were told. However, according to UFC president Dana White, that fight has been cancelled. The notion that the fight had been canned was a surprise to many, including Michael Bisping, who has yet to hear anything about the cancellation.

“Honestly, it’s news to me," Bisping said on his podcast Believe You Me. "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. I know that a lot of people are complaining about this potential delay with Georges, so we’ll see what happens."

White said that he wasn't willing to wait until later this year for a middleweight title defense and have said he won't be ready until November.

“So yeah, to clarify, as of right now, no official word from the UFC. 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 shit."

Even though the UFC officially announced the future match-up, says he never signed a bout agreement, though that was on the horizon.

"So okay, I haven’t had a bout agreement, but that is the plan. That was the offer, and I accepted and I kind of feel that once a deal is made, we should stick to it.”

So, was playing a game with GSP by calling off the fight? Perhaps he was hoping it would light a fire under the former champ to move forward his return date? Only time will tell.


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