It wasn’t that long ago that welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was one of the biggest stars in the UFC. He was riding an incredible string of unbeaten title defenses and routinely drew some of the largest PPV numbers in company history (at the time).
After a narrow decision victory over Johny Hendricks in November 2013, GSP walked away from the sport, citing personal burnout and concern over relaxed drug testing protocols. Last month, it was announced that St-Pierre and the UFC had come to terms on a new deal that would see the return of the fighter who was once considered the pound-for-pound best in the world. Today, UFC president Dana White finally revealed GSP’s first opponent.
St-Pierre will get a title shot against middleweight champion Michael Bisping, White revealed Wednesday morning on SportsCenter. The date and location of the fight is still being finalized, but White to expect it sometime in the second half of 2017.
St-Pierre has never fought at middleweight in his UFC career, but was always one of the largest welterweights in the division after mastering a huge weight cut. Bisping is somewhat of a surprise champion, taking a fight against Luke Rockhold on just 17-days notice in June 2016. He upset Rockhold with a first round knockout, and then successfully defended the belt against old UFC 100 foe Dan Henderson in October 2016, winning via decision.