UFC president Dana White has called off Georges St-Pierre’s comeback fight against middleweight champion Michael Bisping. White made the announcement to Fox Sports Australia, adding that Bisping would now fight number one contender Yoel Romero, as was originally planned. “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 said.

St-Pierre, who had not fought since he vacated the UFC welterweight title in late 2013 to take a leave of absence, called out Bisping last week in a social media post to choose a date any time after October. When the GSP/Bisping match was announced, it was expected to headline the UFC 213 card, which is in July. St-Pierre’s announcement threw a wrench into those plans, and continued the criticism from many of the division’s top contenders leading White to call off the fight, and give the title shot to Romero, who is 13-1, and 8-0 since joining the UFC in 2013.

“(Yoel) 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 No.1 ranked guy in the world,” said White. “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.”

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