Former reigning George St-Pierre won’t be returning to the UFC this summer after all. Following multiple reports that the middleweight championship clash between Michael Bisping and the Canadian is currently off, GSP has officially revealed the reason why.welterweight champion
On Friday during a C2 Montréal conference, GSP explained that an eye injury he suffered earlier this year has sidelined him.
Speaking to reporter Justin Kingsley he said,
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.
According to GSP, the promotion was well aware of the injury when he signed a UFC contract back in February.
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.
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.
As for Bisping, the current middleweight champion is also nursing an injured knee, which means the bout could still come to fruition later this year. In the meantime, the UFC decided to book an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker.
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