Over the past month or so, Michael Bisping has been busting his hump to make a supermegamoneyfight with Georges St. Pierre happen. He made sure that GSP took notice of him before "Rush" had even re-signed with the UFC. He talked the necessary, promotional trash once the fight itself was booked. He even took to whatever channels he could to defend the fight from its biggest critics (many of whom just so happened to be higher ranked middleweight contenders).
But time, as they say, has a way of changing things.
That's a quote from the man himself, who made the surprising revelation in the latest edition of his podcast, Believe You Me. According to Bisping, it's in response to St-Pierre apparently looking to push the date of their impending matchup back from July to a later date, which simply does not jibe with "The Count."
And if GSP isn't ready, then his shot would go to none other than Yoel Romero.
"If he’s not ready then I guess Yoel Romero gets his title shot! Listen I am not afraid of Yoel Romero. If GSP wants to fight then of course, there is a great storyline there. The fight would do great business. But I am not willing to sit around and he’s not calling the shots. I am the champ."
If nothing else, Bisping's sudden change of heart certainly offers a sliver of hope for Romero, who has been doing everything from calling in to Bisping's radio show to starting a GoFundMe page for Bisping's retirement in an attempt to get a fight with him in recent months. Although Bisping has been adamant about only taking "the biggest fights possible" in the final stages of his career, it seems that impatience might already be starting to get the best of him.
Or maybe he just wants to remind GSP who the real man of the house is.
"If he (GSP) wants to wait until September or October, then he can go find himself another opponent. Because I call the shots. Without sounding like an asshole, it is my belt. I am the champion, and I am not willing to sit around until September or October. This fight was discussed in January. You know a fight camp only takes 8 weeks. Or six weeks. So fighting in September or October is ridiculous. July 8 is the date. I may be a little bit flexible and be willing to go a little past that date if needed. But I want to fight international fight week July 8. So Georges St-Pierre, get it together. Stop doing your f*cking gymnastics. Stop doing your backflips and whatever it is. Let’s do this buddy. Sign the paper work. You want it. You sat there at the press conference. You talked big. So sign the god damn paperwork. It is as simple as that!"