Eye Injury Kept GSP From UFC Return.
“The UFC was aware of it.”
Former welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre was set to return to the UFC at some point this year. He was slated to fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in July. But something kept that fight from happening. When GSP was at the C2 Montreal conference, he announced it was an injury that put him back on the shelf.
In his own words.
GSP told the people in attendance:
“Trust me, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks, “Hey, I’m going to make everybody wait for me. I don’t want to fight during the summer, I want to take my time … That’s not the reason. 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.”
“I always said that if I was coming back to fight, it needed to be a fight that excites me.”
“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.”
GSP then reiterated “But UFC knew. Everyone knew. The people concerned knew that that was the case, but they still tried to put pressure on me to fight in July. That’s the reason why I’m coming out public today about the reason why I’m not fighting this summer.”
GSP on Bisping.
When GSP was asked why he took the Michael Bisping fight, he let everyone know exactly why stating: “I always said that if I was coming back to fight, it needed to be a fight that excites me. I wanted to fight Michael Bisping because I wanted to fight someone that could elevate me. Michael Bisping is the champion now, and I think that he could elevate me as much as I could elevate him. I’m taking a huge risk coming back. I’m putting my legacy on the line.”
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