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Huge news is breaking in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, with UFC President Dana White confirming that returning legend and arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history, Georges St-Pierre, will mark his return to the octagon with a Middleweight Title bout against Michael Bisping.
GSP hasn't been seen in the UFC since 2013, when he announced he was taking a sabbatical from the sport.
Georges St-Pierre and UFC agree to terms, close to finalizing new contract - https://t.co/jQgz535FIC- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 15, 2017
In the meantime, Bisping has conquered the Middleweight division, stunning the world when he defeated Luke Rockhold for the belt at UFC 199, last June as a late replacement for the injured Chris Weidman. The British fighter followed that up with a successful defence in Manchester against Dan Henderson at UFC 204.
On ESPN SportsCenter, Dana White says GSP will fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight title.- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 1, 2017
It was expected that Bisping's next defence would be against number one contender Yoel Romero, who defeated Weidman at UFC 205 with a devastating flying knee. However, a re-signed St-Pierre is too big of a draw for Dana White to ignore, and it would appear 'The Soldier of God' has been overlooked.
UFC expert Ariel Helwani kept fans updated with the breaking news, which includes a press conference being announced for this Friday in Las Vegas to officially announce the fight, although no date is currently set for the bout.
White adds that there will be a presser w/ GSP and Bisping on Friday in Vegas. White says they don't know when the fight will be yet. https://t.co/9hns92SXMe- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 1, 2017
It had been rumoured that GSP's return bout could be a dream fight with Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, although this apparently was never on the cards.
White says they did not consider doing McGregor vs. GSP.- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 1, 2017
St-Pierre has won his last 12 fights, with his final victory coming against Johny Hendricks via split decision at UFC 167 in November, 2013.
We cannot wait to see this fight!
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