Pierre’s first UFC appearance since November 2013.It’s been approximately four months since the announcement that
Pierre would make his Octagon return in a middleweight championship
bout against Michael
Bisping, but when neither man could meet the UFC’s timetable,
that matchup seemed to fall by the wayside.However, both St. Pierre and Bisping have continued to express
interest in the fight, most recently when “Rush”
called into the middleweight champion’s podcast to reveal that
he had recently texted UFC President Dana White to get the bout
Regardless of that exchange, White claims that the most likely
outcome is that St. Pierre will challenge the winner of the
welterweight title tilt between Tyron
Woodley and Demian Maia
at UFC 214 on Saturday.
“That is the plan as of right now,” White said during a press
conference on Wednesday. “Whoever wins this fight fights GSP. But
GSP’s people are here today to speak to me, so we’ll see how that
Woodley, who angled for a St. Pierre fight after capturing
170-pound gold last year, seemed skeptical that the bout would come
“They’re gonna ask to fight Bisping because Georges don’t want to
fight me,” he said.
White, as he has done on multiple occasions, remained adamant that
Bisping-St. Pierre matchup is a thing of the past.
“The Bisping ship has sailed. It’s gone,” White said. “If you win
on Saturday, it’s gonna be you, pal.”