5 implications of Bisping taking on GSP

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Bisping will be taking on GSP for the UFC middleweight title; here’s the aftermath of this news.

  1. This puts the UFC middleweight division on hold. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero are two of the top middleweights who are ready and willing to fight Bisping for the title. But they’ll have to wait a bit longer for their shot.
  2. This is Bisping’s 2nd consecutive title defense against a non-#1 contender. After Bisping won the title over Luke Rockhold last year, he didn’t take on top ranked guys like Romero, Souza, or even Chris Weidman in his first title defense. Instead, he took on aged foe Dan Henderson in a rematch that would more-than-likely sell pay-per-views. This next fight with GSP makes that two in a row.
  3. This is GSP’s first UFC bout at middleweight. That means that the former welterweight champ won’t have to make a drastic weight cut in order to compete. That also means that we don’t know how GSP performs at 185lbs. It will be interesting to see how he fights in this new weight class.
  4. GSP can make history by becoming a two-division champion. BJ Penn, Randy Couture, Conor McGregor–those are the only fighters in the history of the sport to hold UFC championship belts in two weight classes. By beating Bisping, GSP would add his name to that elite list.
  5. GSP can tie Bisping for most UFC wins. Bisping currently holds the most UFC wins in promotion history at 20; GSP has 19. A win here for the French-Canadian would tie things up.

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Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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