'Bisping said no' - Freddie Roach claims UFC champion refused bout against GSP

The renowned boxing trainer has been working with St-Pierre ahead of his rumoured return to mixed martial arts.

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
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GEORGES ST-PIERRE is still negotiating a potential comeback to mixed martial arts, but no opponent is lined up just yet for his first fight since November 2013.

That’s according to renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who was working with the legendary former UFC welterweight champion again last week at his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

GSP stepped away from MMA and vacated his title following a successful defence against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, but he’s being linked with a return to UFC action shortly.

The 35-year-old Canadian recently expressed his interest in facing newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who instead looks set to make his inaugural title defence against Dan Henderson.

But in an interview with Fight Hub TV, Roach claimed that the Englishman isn’t quite as keen: “I do like that fight but Bisping said no. I hear things, but I know that fight’s not going to happen. I think so too [that it's a great fight stylistically] but the UFC doesn’t. I liked that fight, I really did.”

Roach added: “He [GSP] looked very good in training, did really well, but the thing is, there’s no names out there yet. We haven’t picked anyone or we don’t have a favourite at this point.”

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