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UFC president Dana White made the fight announcement Wednesday while appearing on "SportsCenter". But, the "Korean Zombie" just came back and looked fantastic after a three-year layoff so who knows. However, a news conference will be held on Friday with St-Pierre and Bisping in attendance. If not, Las Vegas and then possibly in Bisping's backyard of England.
The UFC legend has resolved his contract issues with the promotion and will face the UK's first ever champion in a massive return clash. The UFC's new ownership needs attraction-level fights and fast, and these fit that billing like few other bouts could.
Bisping won the middleweight title last June by beating Luke Rockhold.
I can honestly say I didn't see this coming.
St-Pierre (25-2) was the longest-reigning welterweight champion in UFC history, defending the title nine consecutive times between 2008 and 2013. St-Pierre hinted last summer that he was preparing for a comeback and admitted that he got the conversation started in February 2016 with then-owner Lorenzo Fertitta.
While a match-up between two proven draws may have been enticing for UFC owners WME-IMG, it was never discussed.
Bisping will now get his wish, and one of the Octagon's most fabled names will once again be returning to the eight-sided cage.
This matchup may also come as a surprise to some as White was also on record stating St-Pierre could potentially drop down to lightweight ahead of his return.
"The only reason I'm saying Georges St-Pierre is because I know he wants to fight me, and I was offered a fight with him". Both seem optimistic about the future.
"He wanted to take a break, he wanted to take some time off from the sport", White said.
"I personally think St-Pierre was a declining fighter before relinquishing the welterweight title, based on his last few performances".