Still hope for Michael Bisping vs. Georges St. Pierre?
In a recent interview with Canadian network TSN, Georges St. Pierre mentioned that he still has a bit of hope that his return fight could be against Michael Bisping for the Middleweight Championship.
The fight was previously announced by Dana White, but later cancelled when it became clear that perhaps GSP wasn’t as ready to fight as some people thought. In the interview, GSP mentioned that he recently spoke to White, and he is now optimistic that the fight will happen.
GSP mentioned that a return for him was a high-risk situation, and that he needed a worthwhile reward to serve as motivation. He goes on to say that Bisping recently passed him on the all-time UFC win list, and that his motivation is to beat Bisping to get his spot back.
He even mentioned an event for the potential fight, suggesting the NYC card in November as a potential date. Still, though, until this fight is booked I wouldn’t hold my breath and, with the Interim Title fight taking place soon, it’s hard to say if we will ever see this fight.
Henry’s Analysis: I think this fight will eventually happen because it seems like a money fight. But until it’s booked, it’s hard to say. The Middleweight Division is weird right now, and honestly booking this fight would only further complicate things. Bisping is the champion and should fight the top contender. He won the belt over a year ago and has defended it only one time with plenty of dead time in the middle. I want to see GSP vs. Bisping, but not as much as I want order in these divisions. So, while I think Bisping should fight the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whitaker, I wouldn’t be surprised if GSP is right and this fight ends up being booked after all.
Cris Cyborg loses sponsor
Women’s athletic apparel company GRRRL has announced that they have cancelled a sponsorship deal with Cris Cyborg following her recent incident with Angela Magana. Cyborg struck Magana at the recent Fighter Summit and has been in hot water ever since.
UFC Vet Adlan Amagov involved in Moscow shootout
Adlan Amagov retired from the UFC some time ago, but it appears that he is still living life in the fast lane. Reports have surfaced that Amagov, a pro with a 14-2 MMA record, stabbed a fellow fighter in the chest during a brawl between rival Chechen clans. Apparently, the situation started out as a business meeting, but quickly devolved into a brawl when the two sides could not reach an agreement.
UFC Fight Night 110 Weigh-Ins
Derrick Lewis (265) vs. Mark Hunt (265)
Derek Brunson (186) vs. Daniel Kelly (186)
Daniel Hooker (156) vs. Ross Pearson (155)
Ion Cutelaba (204) vs. Luis Henrique da Silva (206)
Tim Elliott (126) vs. Ben Nguyen (126)
Alex Volkanovski (145) vs. Mizuto Hirota (146)
Damien Brown (155) vs. Vinc Pichel (156)
John Moraga (126) vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian (125)
Luke Jumeau (170) vs. Dominique Steele (170.5)
Kiichi Kunimoto (170) vs. Zak Ottow (171)
J.J. Aldrich (116) vs. Chan-Mi Jeon (118*)
Thibault Gouti (154) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (155)
Other News/Fight Announcements
Chad Laprise fills in for Alan Jouban, and will face Brian Camozzi at UFC 213
Jack Hermansson Vs. Brad Scott booked for UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City
Mike Perry Vs. Thiago Alves booked for UFC 215
-Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. Mike Rhodes has been booked for Bellator 181.
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