UFC Middleweight Title Fight Preview
It was a tiring back-and-forth between Georges St-Pierre and UFC President Dana White regarding his status with the promotion. The former UFC welterweight champion and all-time great stated he was again ready to compete in 2016 but White insisted he was 'not coming back'. Finally, after several more contradicting reports, White officially announced GSP was coming back in the summer to fight the UFC middleweight champ, Michael Bisping.
St-Pierre returned to "cement [his] legacy as the best all time." This meant making only the biggest fights possible and with Conor McGregor on hiatus, GSP targeted Bisping. St-Pierre even teased at becoming a THREE-division champ already making allusions at fighting McGregor, the lightweight champ. But he'd be wrong to overlook Bisping, who is again looking like a tasty underdog bet.
Almost a dozen sportsbooks already have lines on the fight thanks to how monumental it is. The fight isn't until July so there is plenty of time to research. But as it stands, Bisping is the more valuable bet here. The Count has been on a roll winning his last five fights.
GSP, despite being a five-round monster has ring rust and all the organizational changes to deal with. Bisping has takedown defense and sneaky power on his side too. GSP is coming back to make history but it will be Bisping who steals the thunder.
Georges St Pierre Highlights
While away, GSP kept up with his MMA training and did gymnastics on the regular. If any fighter can overcome comeback fatigue it's GSP thanks to his sharp and dedicated mindset.
The sport has changed so much since he last left with the USADA drug testing and weight-cutting changes it could affect his overall performance. Bisping will be a larger fighter than GSP's former opponents and he has to be in peak condition as he will be going through a war with "The Count". GSP has the wrestling advantage and that's what matters even against a bigger opponent.
Despite not having any amateur credentials, St-Pierre has arguably the best cage wrestling being able to take anyone down virtually at will thanks to his timing, explosive shot, and fitness. All of this relies on his gas tank as his style of fighting is taxing and mentally exhaustive. GSP can do it and this is quite the test for him.
Michael Bisping Highlights
Bisping won the middleweight championship in true underdog fashion: knocking out nemesis Luke Rockhold with a punch in the first round. He defended the belt and avenged a miserable loss to the ageless Dan Henderson. Before winning the belt, Bisping won a close decision against the other "greatest of all time", Anderson Silva. He has been peaking late in his career and he'll be giving GSP a rude awakening when he steps back in the octagon.
One of Bisping's most underrated abilities is his defensive wrestling. Even NCAA All-American wrestlers like Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson had a difficult time wrestling Bisping.
His cardio is also renowned and has been what has won him fights as the pace he puts on wears down his lesser enduring opponents. GSP is a cardio freak like him but hasn't fought a fighter as big as him and has the long layoff. Bisping even has a shot to knock GSP out maybe in the later rounds. Bisping is once again looking like a solid underdog bet.
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