Michael Bisping: 'Beating Georges St-Pierre Cements My Legacy'

By Damon Martin

You don't have to like Michael Bisping, but it's impossible to deny the resume he's built in the UFC.

The 38-year-old Brit began his UFC career as a winner of the third installment of "The Ultimate Fighter" and over the years has faced eight former champions from the UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE FC, and the WEC. He also holds the most wins in the history of the promotion with 20, and his 16 victories at middleweight are the most for any one fighter in that division as well.

Last year, Bisping finally put a title around his waist, too. He knocked out Luke Rockhold in the first round at UFC 199 to become middleweight champion, capping a decade-long climb to earn a shot at gold in the UFC.

"Winning the belt, that was great. That was validation for a lifetime's work pretty much," Bisping told FloCombat. "It makes all that sacrifice worth it, I guess. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't, but I guess that is the answer. It made everything worth it. It was redemption to myself, to my family, and it was also a big f*ck you to the rest of the division and to a lot of journalists and the MMA media that wrote me off throughout the years."

If winning the UFC belt was validation to the sacrifices made, then Bisping knows adding a win over Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in New York City on Saturday night will only further cement his place among the best to ever step inside the Octagon.

When he walked away from the sport in 2013, St-Pierre was the longest-reigning welterweight champion in history with nine consecutive defenses. St-Pierre also avenged the only two losses he's suffered in his career, doing so in devastating fashion with TKO victories against both Matt Serra and Matt Hughes.

Whenever there's an argument regarding the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, St-Pierre's name is inevitably mentioned alongside fellow icons such as Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, and Jon Jones.

Bisping, meanwhile, already owns a win over Silva and now has the chance to add St-Pierre's name to his resume as well. Considering the career Bisping has already put together, holding wins over both St-Pierre and Silva would put him in a category by himself.

"Georges [is] a big legend of the sport. I'm not underestimating him one bit," Bisping said. "I'm expecting a tough fight. Of course for all the talk that you give… but I respect Georges, I know he's got a hell of a skill set. He's a fantastic athlete, and he brings a lot to the table. 

"Beating him where so many people couldn't and if they did he obviously avenged them — Matt Serra and Matt Hughes — beating him is huge. It's huge. It further cements my legacy, in my opinion, as one of the greatest MMA fighters that's ever lived."

Bisping may never be the biggest fan favorite, but if he can defend his title against St-Pierre at UFC 217, it's going to become increasingly difficult to deny him a spot on that mythical list of the best fighters in the history of the sport.

And he knows it.  

"I've never [taken] steroids my entire life. I've never cheated. I've done it the hard way through blood, sweat, and tears," Bisping said. "As I said, a lot of people like to write me off and disparage me and say that my skill set isn't there, but all of a sudden we have USADA testing and lo and behold, I'm the champion.

"I think that speaks volumes, and beating Georges St-Pierre will further add to that."

Miles Johns Lives A Double Life

Plenty of fighters on the regional circuit, and even a good number who have made their UFC debut, work second jobs to supplement their income. Fortis MMA’s Miles Johns is no exception to this statement. However, his work is a little different from the average up and coming fighter.

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: With UFC Fight Night Signee Hunter Azure

The UFC is heading to Vancouver this weekend and FloCombat’s official podcast has you covered with everything you need to know about the violence that is about to be bestowed upon you. 

XFN 25 Preview

On Saturday, September 14, XFN 25 is set to bring a night of mixed martial arts to Deerfield Beach, Florida. The card, which features Brazilian jiu jitsu, combat jiu jitsu, kickboxing, and amateur and professional MMA, features 20 individual bouts.

Gutemberg vs Rudson: New-School Pressure vs Old-School Tricks at F2W125

null

Rudson Mateus (CTA) makes his Fight 2 Win debut in a submission-only main event match against Gutemberg Pereira (GF Team) on Friday, September 25, in San Jose, California. 

Edwin Najmi Channeling Energy Of His Ancestors In F2W Title Defense

Edwin Najmi– the no.5-ranked 77kg no-gi grappler– has been on a tear since returning from a serious knee injury. In fact, he might be looking more dominant than ever. 

Ferreira talks Abu Dhabi, Rankings + Throwing Hands

Carlos Diego Ferreira recently stopped by the Top Turtle MMA Podcast to discuss a number of topics including his upcoming fight in Abu Dhabi. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: With Zak Cummings + Carlos Diego Ferreira

UFC 242 is upon us and there’s plenty of high leverage fights on hand. “Gumby” and “Shockwave” Dave are breaking down 5 of the biggest fights for you and discussing the odds.

Top 3 Fights To Watch At Cage Titans: Combat Night 2

As Elton John said in the 1973 hit song, “Saturday night’s alright for fighting”, and fighting there shall be right here on FloCombat with Cage Titans Combat Night 2.

Iron Tiger FS 89 Preview

On Satuday, August 31, Iron Tiger Fight Series lands in Findlay, Ohio, for a full night of amateur and professional mixed martial arts.

No ADCC Warmup For Arges & Leon, This F2W Inter-Weight Match Is A Pick'Em

Fight 2 Win 123 is a clash of styles, weight classes, and ADCC rookies hungry to make their mark.