BREAKING: @danawhite confirms to BT Sport that Georges St Pierre will fight Michael Bisping! "It's 100% on!" #ufc2142017-7-30 06:10:13
UFC 214's welterweight title tilt between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia seemed to be the turning point to put Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre back on track.
The up-and-down negotiations seemingly hit a sticking point to where UFC President Dana White was ready to move on. During UFC 214 fight week White said the winner of Woodley vs. Maia would get GSP in a welterweight title clash (h/t Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.com).
However, after the lackluster bout in which Woodley won the tides seemingly shifted.
Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
Just asked @GeorgesStPierre what he thought of that fight. His response: "I want @bisping and Bisping wants me."2017-7-30 04:27:14
Ariel Helwani tweeted that he asked GSP about the fight and the former champion maintained that he wanted Bisping.ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto asked White
Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN
I asked Dana White if Woodley's performance impacts a potential GSP fight. "Absolutely." So, what does that mean? "Good things for Bisping."2017-7-30 06:05:37
ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto asked White if the fight would impact the GSP fight, and White confirmed that it would.
Lance Pugmire @latimespugmire
Told by key official @GeorgesStPierre @bisping done deal for Nov. 4 @TheGarden2017-7-30 06:30:14
After all of that, after UFC 214 concluded official word came down. BT Sport confirmed the news from White that GSP vs. Bisping was '100% on!' Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire tweeted that he was told by a key official the bout was signed for November 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Through it all the fight that was announced back in March with a press conference between the two (h/t MMAWeekly.com) is still on. Bisping vs. GSP has a date and venue for the middleweight championship of the world.