One of the biggest fights of the year has been cancelled, with UFC president Dana White confirming that Georges St-Pierre versus Michael Bisping in a middleweight title bout has been scrapped

White made the announcement Wednesday night, stating that the championship fight has been ditched due to challenger St-Pierre claiming he wouldn’t be ready for the fight until the end of October or November at the earliest

The UFC however was wanting the bout to headline the July pay-per-view event, which traditionally is one of the biggest events of every year, and is the highlight of every July’s International UFC Fight Week event

White broke the news while appearing on Fox Sports in Australia, saying that the he and the UFC wasn’t going to wait until October, and that Bisping will instead defend his middleweight title against number one contender Yoel Romero

Bisping himself had commented earlier this week that he was willing to wait until St-Pierre was ready, however the UFC’s plan was to have the bout signed for July rather than at the end of the year

White gave no date for the new Bisping versus Romero bout, however it would make sense for the fight to be one of the headlining bouts of the July International Fight Week pay-per-view, while White also didn’t comment on what was next for St-Pierre in regard to his return to the sport

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh