St-Pierre comeback bout against Bisping cancelled


UFC president Dana White has announced Georges St-Pierre's comeback fight against middleweight champion Michael Bisping has been axed.

Two-time welterweight champion St-Pierre (25-2) announced his intention to return after almost four years away in February and a bout with Bisping (31-7) was promptly set up.

The Canadian icon, 35, stated in a video posted on social media last week that he would not be ready for the fight until "after October".

White said the bout was supposed to take place in two months and is unwilling to wait on St-Pierre, instead offering Yoel Romero the chance to take on Bisping.

"I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We're not waiting for GSP," White told FOX Sport Australia.

"[Yoel Romero] doesn't need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He's next in line, he's the number one ranked guy in the world.

"Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre -- they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn't look like that fight is gonna happen now.

"Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that's even the case. It could be next year.

"So we're not waiting for Georges St-Pierre anymore. We're moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot."