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Georges St. Pierre Set to Face Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship in Return Fight

In an announcement on ESPN, UFC president Dana White said that Georges St. Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) will take on Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for the UFC middleweight championship when he returns to the Octagon.  A date and location for the bout has not been set, but it is expected to take place this fall based on previous reports.  The two men will meet face to face at a press conference this Friday, March 3 in Las Vegas, NV prior to the UFC 209 event  which takes place on Saturday, March 4 at T-Mobile Arena

St. Pierre will be required to clear a four-month period as required by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and will be subject to random drug testing.

Several men were speculated to face St. Pierre on his return, including the winner of the UFC 209 welterweight championship main event between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson.  Nate or Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor were also named, but Dana White felt that Bisping was the correct choice.  “Everyone wants to take a shot at Michael Bisping,” White said. “They think he’s beatable, and obviously Georges St-Pierre is no different. So he’s going to step up and try to take his 185-pound title.”

St. Pierre has not fought in UFC since November of 2013 when he scored a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.  It was at that point that St. Pierre stepped away and vacated his welterweight championship, but never officially retired.  St. Pierre and the UFC recently settled issues between them, leading St. Pierre to sign a new deal to return to the organization.

White noted the long layoff between fights, saying he’s “not a big believer in layoffs.”  He credited St. Pierre, saying that “(he) is always in shape, takes care of himself physically, so we’ll see what happens.”

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About Bill Wentz (1520 Articles)
Ring-Rap.com's Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at bwentz@ring-rap.com

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