As reported by MMA Fighting, current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has taken a trip down memory lane back to when he trained with his upcoming opponent Georges St-Pierre.
Bisping, who has been champion ever since winning the belt from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, is set to defend the strap for the second time in November when he faces the returning GSP in what is set to be one of the biggest events in the promotion’s history.
With it being just their second show at Madison Square Garden in addition to being one of three title fights on the night, there’s a lot of pressure on the shoulders of both men when it comes to walking away from New York City with the title.
En-route to the big event, though, Bisping is ensuring that as many people as possible purchase the pay per view by doing what he does best – trash talking. After recently revealing that the bout with GSP could be his last, Michael also went into some detail about his experiences training with the Canadian legend many years ago.
“But in truth, he’s doing this because he thinks he can beat me. We trained together a long, long time ago and he outwrestled me then. I didn’t know a double-leg from a Big Mac. So he still thinks he can outwrestle me down and beat me. He didn’t want to fight Anderson Silva when he was the champion. He didn’t want to fight Luke Rockhold when he was the champion. So he’s looking at me as easy pickings. That’s why he’s focused on fighting me so much. And for all this talk, I say Georges is a fraud. And Canada, who looks at him as their champion — Canada’s champion is a f*cking fraud.”
Whilst these are obviously strong words from the 38 year old nobody will be all that surprised to hear him talk like this, as he’s made a career out of being obnoxious in the build up to big fights. Still, you can’t knock the technique as it’s taken him all the way to the top of the MMA world and nobody can say that he hasn’t earned his stripes.
Whilst we may not see the greatest war in UFC history when these two throw down on November 4th, what we will see is a fascinating psychological battle between two of the best to ever step foot inside the octagon.