When the UFC announced that the long-awaited return of the former welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, was finally happening, the MMA world rejoiced. That celebration didn't last long, though, as the scheduled bout between he and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping had no date.
So when exactly are Michael Bisping and GSP fighting?
According to Georges St-Pierre
GSP is keeping mum on the fight date, unfortunately, but we do know that GSP must be in the USADA testing pool for at least four months before fighting in the UFC. We did see the UFC waive that requirement once before, but that didn't turn out so well, and I doubt the UFC will do that again.
According to USADA, Georges was test four times in 2016 and zero times in 2017. GSP said he had entered himself into the pool back in August, so he should be clear of the four month waiting period already.
According to Michael Bisping
Bisping said on his “Believe You Me” podcast this week that he was told the proposed date was July 8, which would put it in line to take place during International Fight Week.
“It’s looking like July 8,” he said. “Dana’s pushing for July 8. He told me July 8. July 8 would be a good date for me as well. I could fight two months from now. July 8 that works.”
Bisping had knee surgery a month ago and should be fully recovered by that time.
According to Dana White
UFC president Dana White is notorious for saying one thing and doing the other to throw reporters off the scent of a long-awaited surprise, but this time what he's saying is in line with what at least one of the fighters is saying, too.
At the UFC pre-fight presser where GSP and Bisping squared off for the first time, White said he was hoping to showcase the fight during International Fight Week in July.
The exact date for that event (which is often the biggest card of the year) has yet to be announced, but it lines up with Bisping's July 8 comment.