THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/27: George St. Pierre replies to Michael Bisping challenge, says has talked more with UFC (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

By Mike Hiscoe, MMATorch contributor

George St. Piette (photo by Wade Keller © MMATorch)


No big fights this weekend, but there is an RFA show Friday night on AXS TV. Watch Middleweight Title challenger Chase Waldon in this 2013 fight against Garrett Olson.

Hours after Michael Bisping went public with claims that he had verbally agreed to a UFC 206 fight with self-declared free agent Georges St-Pierre, GSP took to Twitter himself to clarify where things stand from his side.

GSP posted an 18-second video clip posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday. “Nothing would make me more happy in the world, (than) to fight you in Toronto, Michael,” he said. He admitted that despite his lawyer’s assertions that St-Pierre’s contract has been terminated, he has continued a dialogue with UFC higher-ups.
“Last week I met with Ari (Emanuel, WME CEO), and I made peace with Dana (White), I tried to resolve things, but unfortunately, right now, it’s not happening,” he said. “Hopefully, things will change soon.”
The clip appears to have been shot in Montreal at some sort of indoor track as a Montreal 1976 Olympic logo can be seen in the background. St-Pierre is wearing Under Armour workout gear. One rumored point of contention between St-Pierre and UFC has been his sponsorship deal with Under Armour, which conflicts with UFC’s exclusive deal with Reebok.

The Georges St-Pierre-UFC roller coaster moves along as well.

Hiscoe’s Analysis: There’s nothing about the video that feels like St-Pierre is grandstanding or using it as a negotiation tactic. The video comes off as if he had a moment where he decided he wanted to set the record straight so he filmed it, posted it, and moved on. GSP didn’t confirm or deny that a Bisping fight was on the table, but he did confirm that he had met with UFC last week. This comes after he was spotted in Las Vegas a week ago, but claimed he was only “hanging out.” This video doesn’t change much in terms of how close I feel GSP and UFC are to a deal, but it is encouraging that a dialogue is open and that both sides aren’t just digging their heels in preparing for a lawsuit. Bisping has been quiet on Twitter regarding the matter since this video came out so perhaps he sees that it’s not as close to happening as he believed and that GSP isn’t going to be taunted into signing a new deal prematurely.


-Urijah Faber softly backtracked on his pending retirement after his fight with Brad Pickett on Dec. 17, telling “I’d never put extreme limits on myself,” he said. “I would never say, ‘this is it, this is it.’ I mean, somebody might really piss me off and there might be a golden opportunity. You never know.”

-Fabricio Werdum made waves this week with an Instagram post featuring Werdum wearing the typical Reebok “fight kit” only with a Nike logo photoshopped in place of the Reebok logo. Werdum used a series of hashtags in Portuguese that translated to “Suck my balls, Reebok.” Werdum later went on Facebook Live and cleared up that he is not sponsored with Nike, but was making a statement that fighters should speak up and not promote a company’s products for little or no money.

Scott Coker confirmed that Bellator is looking to do a show in New York at either Madison Square Garden or Brooklyn’s Barclays Center sometime in 2017.

-Shane Carwin has officially signed with Rizin and will be part of their heavyweight tournament that begins on Dec. 29 in Japan.

-After asking for and being granted his release from UFC recently, Tatsuya Kawajiri has also signed with Rizin.

-Kayla Harrison, who holds two Olympic gold medals in Judo, has signed with World Series of Fighting according to USA Today Sports. She’s looking to do a year of training before her first fight.

-Lyman Good is steadfastly denying use of any banned substance after being provisionally suspended for a USADA anti-doping violation earlier this week.  “I’d NEVER cheat the journey of hard work,” he told MMA Fighting. “And more importantly I’d NEVER cheat myself.”


-Brandon Moreno vs. Ryan Benoit at the TUF 24 Finale on Dec. 3 from Las Vegas.

-Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 from Toronto.


No big fights this weekend, but there is an RFA show Friday night on AXS TV. Watch Middleweight Title challenger Chase Waldon in this 2013 fight against Garrett Olson.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: WEDNESDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/26: Bisping says he’s agreed to fight GSP at UFC 206 but GSP hasn’t, notebook (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

(MMATorch’s Daily News Digest features the top story of the day with added analysis, plus smaller tidbits in the News Notes section. Mike Hiscoe, who writes the News Digest Sundays through Thursdays, has a background in film criticism and previously wrote for the DVD Town and Movie Metropolis websites. His passion for Mixed Martial Arts goes back to 2005, but it was in the promotion for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie that he really got hooked.”This is my house, I build it,” is still among the all-time great UFC promos. You can follow Mike on social media under the tag @mikehiscoe. He now provides his experienced writing and perspective on live MMA events for MMATorch.)

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