Bisping claims GSP fight is on

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has announced he will be fighting Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in November.

The statement comes before any official announcement from UFC overlord Dana White, but this one looks to be all sewn up.

Bisping was speaking on FOX Sports 1’s UFC Tonight show when he let the audience know.

“This is actually the third time I’ve been offered this fight, so the ship’s sailed twice,” said the Englishman.

“On this occasion, on the third occasion, it set off sailing but did a U-turn and it pulled up at New York City. I’ve got a chirpy little Englishman who’s going to fight Georges St-Pierre, Madison Square Garden, November 4th. It is official. Do not miss it. We’re taking over.”

GSP was originally set to fight UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, but White was unimpressed with The Chosen One’s manner of victory over challenger Demian Maia at UFC 214.

“I know Michael Bisping will fight,” White said afterwards.

“He will show up and actually fight.”

Meanwhile, GSP is returning from a near-four year absence from MMA, with his last fight being split-decision win over Johny Hendricks, after which he vacated the title to take a break from the sport.