Dana White made an appearance on FOXSports Australia’s “UFC Fight Week” and delivered the news that the company has called off plans for Michael Bisping to defend the middleweight championship against Georges St. Pierre. Yoel Romero will be the next to fight Bisping for the title.
White said, “I made this ‘GSP’ fight – we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for ‘GSP’. Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside. He did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now.
“(Romero) doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line – he’s the No.1 ranked guy in the world.”
When the fight was initially announced, there was no date or venue attached to it. Dana White had targeted UFC 213 for the bout, which will take place in July in Las Vegas, NV, but St. Pierre spoke out against it and said it was too soon to make a return. GSP posted a video message earlier this week to his Twitter account (shown below) that said he would be ready to fight “any time after October,” which drew criticism from White.
“Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November,” White said. “Who knows if that’s even the case? It could be next year. … So we’re not waiting for Georges St-Pierre anymore. We’re moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot.”
No date for a Bisping vs. Romero bout was announced.