Georges St. Pierre (25-2) spoke to Justin Kingsley at the C2 Montreal Conference on Friday and noted that he is dealing with a “minor” eye injury which has delayed his return to the Octagon. St. Pierre was set to face middleweight champion Michael Bisping later this year.
St. Pierre told him that UFC was aware of the injury and recovery time frame, but had still wanted to set up the Bisping fight for July. St. Pierre declined. The 36-year old welterweight champion noted that it was not his decision to make.
“If it were up to me, I would come back. The reason is I had a problem with my eye. I had an injury. My vision has not been back yet. It will be back. It’s something very minor. The doctor insisted for me that I don’t spar until September. The UFC was aware of it. They knew I couldn’t fight during the summer, but they still insisted on doing that press conference with Michael Bisping. And when it happened, we were not very excited about the idea, but we wanted that fight, so we decided to do it, but then it turned into a negative thing because it took so long.” (transcription via ESPN.com).
Both Bisping and St. Pierre are sidelined with injuries, so UFC has moved on to book an interim title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker in July. Both men, however, are interested in setting up a future bout once they recover from their injuries and are cleared for action.