Things are heating up ahead of this Saturday’s superfight at UFC 217 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
On a media conference call Thursday, Oct. 26, UFC Middleweight Champion Michael “The Count” Bisping brought up rumors he said came from challenger George “Rush” St-Pierre’s camp. Bisping poked fun at St-Pierre, the organization’s former long-reigning welterweight champion, for looking poor in training and being generally slower than he was when he walked away from the sport four years ago.
St-Pierre, on the other hand, made his boldest claim yet as to how the fight would play out.
When asked if he would win in a kickboxing match, St-Pierre said he would take Bisping down “when I want to put him down, whenever I want to put him down.”
Bisping let the threat slide and responded by citing an alleged account of St-Pierre’s recent karate training in Orange County.
“You came down to Orange County recently and got your ass served,” he said. “And everybody talked about how slow you are. You’re slow, buddy. I’ve got my little spies. When you can’t take me down, you’re fucked.”
In response, St-Pierre said he felt stronger and leaner than ever before with the mass he’d put on. In actuality, he said, he’s eaten healthier than he had in the past.
“I never had a program; [I’ve] always been eating whatever I want,” he said, before acknowledging a change to his physique.
“It changed my body a little bit–makes me feel better inside,” he said. “[It] makes you feel better. You wake up great, better, and you sleep better. And it’s all good. I can’t wait to show him.”
Bisping then launched into an attack on St-Pierre’s cardio.
“You’d better take extra oxygen, Georges; you know, gonna be blowing out your ass at the end of the third round, Georges,” he said. “You’ll be saying, ‘Fuck, I wish I was 20 pounds lighter.’ All those extra calories you took, that fat little head, you’ve got getting fatter.”
St-Pierre claimed he’d caught on to Bisping’s attempts at baiting him into a standing fight. But he wasn’t falling for it.
“The problem with Michael Bisping, in every interview he does, he’s begging me to stand and bang with him, because that’s the only way, the only way, and even then, it’s not guaranteed,” he said. “So he’s begging me, because he’s terrified that I put him down and punch him in the face. I’ll break him down.”
The main card of UFC 217 begins Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT.
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