If you were wondering what the heck happened to the UFC’s grand plans of having Georges St. Pierre come out of retirement to face middleweight champ Michael Bisping, well, welcome to the club. We were all wondering, especially given the fact that the UFC had a big press conference and everything for the fight. And now the fight is off, and Bisping will fight the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker next, and we’re all sad…
But not GSP. He’s just trying to heal up. Because he was sidelined with an eye injury, apparently.
As per MMAFighting:
“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.”
While the 36-year-old St-Pierre did not go into details about the injury, he did say that the UFC knew about it when he signed a new contract in February.
“The UFC was aware of it,” St-Pierre told interviewer Justin Kingsley. “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.”