FS1 UFC 217 POSTFIGHT SHOW: Florian, Woodley and Weidman discuss Bisping vs. St-Pierre


The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 217 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 hosted by Karyn Bryant, with Tyron Woodley, Kenny Florian and Chris Weidman providing analysis. Megan Olivi conducted interviews.

UFC TONIGHT is the official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on FS1. The following quotes and analysis are from the panel when discussing the Bisping-St-Pierre fight.


UFC TONIGHT Host Kenny Florian

On GSP winning the middleweight belt after being away for four years: “We’ll never see this again. I’m blown away. This was a three pronged attack by St-Pierre. He gets you worried about his striking, then mixes it up, then gets some takedowns. This was textbook GSP tonight and he is better than he was four years ago.”

On GSP beating Bisping: “This was textbook GSP tonight and he is better than he was four years ago.”

On GSP’s style tonight: “Good fundamentals never go out of style. A great jab is a great jab and a great takedown is a great takedown.”

On Bisping’s attitude after losing: “I love his attitude. He’s an amazing competitor. He put it in perspective for what’s important. He probably got a big paycheck for today. He deserves it.”


UFC TONIGHT Host Tyron Woodley

On how GSP beat Bisping: “When Georges St-Pierre’s body got tired, he went to his martial arts and went back to the takedown. He was slowing down, but he got his bearings back. He used his superman jab, and then went to his takedowns.”

On wanting to fight GSP: “Georges should have been fighting me here at MSG – so I’m going up to middleweight to challenge him for the belt.”

On what GSP did to neutralize Bisping’s forward movement: “He shut down the offense of Bisping, because Bisping was worried about the takedown. If you are on your back against GSP, you’re losing the fight.”

On GSP fighting at a bigger weight: “I don’t think he’s carrying more weight, he just isn’t cutting more weight. But if you can’t transition that to power, you shouldn’t be carrying it. The sport is different now, it’s more press, it’s more work. I think he took some time off to reset.”


UFC TONIGHT Host Chris Weidman

On UFC 217 and Georges St-Pierre’s upset of Michael Bisping for the middleweight title: “This was insane. I’m in shock. I’m pretty sure this was the best fight card I’ve ever seen. We’ve seen Bisping struggle with the right hand in the past. Georges threw that big right hand over and over. GSP was the more comfortable fighter in there. He took Bisping down and was landing shots. But then it looked like GSP was slowing down, but he got his composure and finished the fight. This will never happen again. This wasn’t an easy fight for GSP, but he was better than we ever seen. It was hard to image that he could do it.”

On GSP fighting at middleweight: “Look, it was an easier fight against Bisping than against Woodley. He didn’t know how he was going to fight after four years. He’s not going to stay at middleweight. He’ll go back down now.”

On what GSP did to prevail against a bigger fighter: “GSP was working his striking more, knowing he was going against a bigger fighter.”


Michael Bisping

On losing tonight: “This is a difficult sport. Respect to Georges. He beat me tonight. One team wins and one team loses. Tonight was his night.”

On how he felt in the fight: “I thought I was doing well. He caught me with a good shot and wobbled me. He was strong. God bless him. Good for him.”

On what’s next: “When you win, you go celebrate, and when you lose you drown your sorrows. I’m going to go drink a lot. Look, at this point, this is my hobby. I get paid well to do what I do. I’m bummed. I remember what it was like to be world champion – like it was yesterday. Georges is a good man. I was trying to sell pay per views.”


VIDEO: INTERVIEW: Michael Bisping




On GSP: “To return after a four year layoff, very few people have done that. Everyone thinks Bisping was an easy fight. Mike did a lot of damage to GSP. But GSP looked great. He’s staying at 185.”


VIDEO: Interview: Dana White


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