Reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping will take on Dan Henderson at UFC 204 next weekend, but the Brit is already looking past his first title defence to a more lucrative future.
Earlier in the year, a rumoured clash between Bisping and former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre had been suggested. Unsurprisingly, the fight never came to fruition and the rematch with Henderson for the title was made official, which left St-Pierre’s return to the organisation in doubt once again.
Despite all the rumours of the two stepping inside the octagon, Bisping made sure he didn’t completely close the door on the possibility of facing St-Pierre further down the track, and insists he is willing to talk once he has handled business in his hometown of Manchester, England.
Bisping said: “If GSP wants to come out of retirement, if he’s finally grown a set of balls to become a fighter again, (I could) beat Anderson Silva, beat Dan Henderson, beat Luke Rockhold, beat GSP? Yeah, why not. Of course.”
Bisping took the middleweight belt from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 earlier in the year, knocking out the California fighter in emphatic style inside the first round.
GSP has not stepped inside the octagon since his close split decision triumph over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in late 2013. Since then, the Canadian has hinted at a return to the cage on a number of occasions, including a $10 million super fight with current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
UFC 204 will place on October 8 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi
Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Stefan Struve
Mirsad Bektic vs. TBA
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FS1)
Iuri Alcantara vs. Brad Pickett
Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font
Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak
Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov