Michael Bisping details a near-death experience he had in Hawaii

Michael Bisping details a near-death experience he had in Hawaii

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will defend his title against former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 this November at Madison Square Garden.

Prior to beginning his training camp, “The Count” decided to take his family on a Hawaiian vacation to the beautiful island of Maui.

Unfortunately for the British champion, the family vacation had some serious low points including being robbed and almost drowning.

Bisping recounted both of the scary and unfortunate events during his “Believe You Me” podcast (as transcribed by MMAFighting).

“We walked up to the car (after visiting a local waterfall), and [my son] Callum said ‘someone smashed the window,’” Bisping said. “I thought he was kidding, ‘the little f*ucker,’ but lo and behold, [someone] smashed the window. My wife had left her bag in the trunk, [they] smashed the window, grabbed that and all the clothing, of course we were swimming, so I just had a tiny pair of shorts on, my wife was in a bikini. That’s kind of how we were dressed. All the clothes, stuff like that, all stolen, including my wallet, everything.”

Bisping opted not to return his rental car that same day and wouldn’t you know it, a second robbery took place while in valet parking.

“The hire car, we were supposed to take it right back, but you don’t want to waste a half a day, taking a f*cking rental car back,” Bisping said. “So I’ve yet to do that. We drive around with a smashed window and we got robbed a second time. My running shoes and stuff like that, I left them in the next day and when we got back the car back, someone had stuck their hand in and taken the running shoes.”

Finally free of drama, or so he thought, Bisping and his family joined former UFC fighter and Hawaii native Kendall Grove for an afternoon of paddle boarding and adventure. It was during this time that Bisping suffered another scary experience.

“We went out with Kendall Grove and his family,” Bisping said. “We went out to the beach, great day. We had kayaks and paddle boards, stuff like that. So we say, let’s go out on the paddle boards and go out to that cliff [in the distance].”

Everyone made it safely to the cliff area and some members of the family took time to leap off of the peaks and into the water. On their journey back to shore the winds picked up and caused some problems.

“The wind’s picking up, we better head back,” Bisping said. “It’s me and my daughter on a paddle board. Balancing on a paddle board is not my forte, let me tell you that. Especially when there’s two people on there and the winds are blowing.”

He continued:

“We’re pretty far out, the cliffs were 200-300 meters away and we’re drifting further and further out. I’m like ‘holy s*hit,’ I don’t want to say anything to my daughter but I’m panicking a little bit, you know what I mean?”

“I jump off, my daughter’s on the paddle board, we’re drifting further and further out to sea,” he said. “I’m trying to swim and I’m starting to panic, we’re getting nowhere.”

To make matters worse, two elderly female swimmers were also in distress, and came over and clung Bisping’s paddle board. Thankfully help would eventually arrive, but there was only enough room for the two elderly women and Bisping’s daughter.

“Me being a macho d*ckhead, I go ‘yeah yeah yeah I’m fine, I’ll swim back,’ because I assume there’s no room for me,” Bisping said. “So they all disappear, go off in the distance and I’m thinking ‘I don’t f*cking believe this, me, and my ego, rather than just say ‘I need help also,’ I’m going to drown now.”

Eventually the lifeguards would return to help the middleweight champion of the world get back to shore.

“That was me yesterday. Fun times.” Bisping stated.

Michael Bisping will face Georges St-Pierre this November at MSG

Michael Bisping will face Georges St-Pierre this November at MSG

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Following last night’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, California, UFC President Dana White revealed that the promotion was back on board with putting together a middleweight title fight between current champ Michael Bisping and former welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre.

According to White, the UFC’s decision to book Bisping vs. St-Pierre came while watching round five of the UFC 214 co-main event scrap between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.

Woodley easily defeated Maia via unanimous decision, but the fight itself was not very entertaining for the fans. With that said, the UFC opted to take away Woodley’s promised fight against “GSP”.

“White on how Bisping vs GSP is back: “that ship turned around and sailed the fuck back. Adds he made that decision during round 5 of TW/DM.”

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani later confirmed with sources that the bout has been agreed to for UFC 217 on November 4 and will likely be officially signed within the next few days:

“Confirmed with sources that Bisping vs GSP has been agreed to for MSG on 11/4. Should be signed in the coming days.”

Michael Bisping was last seen in action at October’s UFC 204 event in Manchester where he scored a hard fought unanimous decision victory over mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson.

Prior to that, Bisping was coming off a first-round knockout victory over Luke Rockhold which earned “The Count” the UFC’s middleweight title.

As for Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight kingpin has not fought since November of 2013 where he defeated Johny Hendricks via split-decision.

“Rush” is currently riding a twelve fight win streak with includes victories over Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields and Carlos Condit.

Who do you think comes out victorious when Bisping and St-Pierre square off at Madison Square Garden on November 4?

Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre picked the “safe fight” with Michael Bisping

Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre picked the “safe fight” with Michael Bisping

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is targeting UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas for his octagon return.

“The Chosen One” recently sat down with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor on ‘Rapid Fire’ where he spoke about his future and the fights he needs to have in order to cement his legacy as the greatest welterweight of all time.

“I want the fight that is going to cement me as the legend, the greatest of all time. There is two guys right now, where if I could beat those two guys I am then the greatest welterweight of all time. If I can beat Nick Diaz. If I can beat Georges St-Pierre, then nobody can say I am not the best welterweight fighter to ever step in the octagon. It would make me better than Georges (St-Pierre), better than Matt Hughes. I would be the best of all time. So those two fights just so happen to also be potentially huge pay-per-view fights. So obviously those are my number one options.”

He continued:

“Nick Diaz knows that I respect him. More importantly I respect how he was in the sport when the money wasn’t the same. You know he hasn’t gotten that big payday like his baby brother (Nate Diaz) yet. I personally think he deserves that. You know he has had those crazy fights. Had the concussions. Had the cuts on his eyes. Fought so many times. Three or four fights a year usually. He helped build this sport. Helped bring a different crowd to the sport. So at the end of the day I feel like somebody like that (Nick Diaz) should be rewarded for those previous fights and have a chance to make a big pay-per-view payday.”

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson

As for Georges St-Pierre, Woodley believes that scoring a fight with the former UFC welterweight kingpin won’t be easy, as “Rush” knows that “T-Wood” is simply a bad style matchup for him.

“As for Georges St-Pierre, I don’t think he wants to fight me. I don’t think he wants to come back and fight a guy like me. He wants to fight a guy like Bisping because they are very evenly matched. Bisping is not a huge middleweight. Michael is not known as a guy who will knock your head off and he is not going to outwrestle Georges. So style wise it is a very safe matchup for Georges. He knows that he could potentially lose to Bisping, but that it is a much safer fight for him.”

He continued:

“One of the reasons he left (Georges St-Pierre) was because he was worried about concussions. With Bisping he doesn’t have to worry about that as much. With me, he knows I am coming to knock him out. Plus I am very hard to takedown and would probably end up taking him down. So he’s not used to that style of matchup. The only guy who was kind of like me was Johny Hendricks and he made Georges go crawl in a cave for three years.”

How do you think a fight between Tyron Woodley and Georges St-Pierre would play out?

Michael Bisping threatens to take away Georges St-Pierre’s title shot

Michael Bisping threatens to take away Georges St-Pierre’s title shot

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Michael Bisping threatens to give Georges St-Pierre’s title shot back to Yoel Romero

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping wants to fight Georges St-Pierre on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

However, the Canadian superstar has yet to sign on the dotted line for the proposed middleweight title fight against “The Count”, which has left the brash Englishman running short on patience.

Bisping took to Twitter where he issued the following warning to St-Pierre on his podcast:

“So long story short it looks as if GSP is trying to push for a later date (then July 8). I have heard rumors of that a while ago from Ariel Helwani. I heard that he wanted like September or October and that is what the UFC told me as well. But I am just throwing it out there right now. If he (GSP) wants to wait until September or October, then he can go find himself another opponent. Because I call the shots. Without sounding like an asshole, it is my belt. I am the champion, and I am not willing to sit around until September or October. This fight was discussed in January. You know a fight camp only takes 8 weeks. Or six weeks. So fighting in September or October is ridiculous. July 8 is the date. I may be a little bit flexible and be willing to go a little past that date if needed. But I want to fight international fight week July 8. So Georges St-Pierre, get it together. Stop doing your f*cking gymnastics. Stop doing your backflips and whatever it is. Let’s do this buddy. Sign the paper work. You want it. You sat there at the press conference. You talked big. So sign the god damn paperwork. It is as simple as that!”

He continued:

“If he’s not ready then I guess Yoel Romero gets his title shot! Listen I am not afraid of Yoel Romero. If GSP wants to fight then of course, there is a great storyline there. The fight would do great business. But I am not willing to sit around and he’s not calling the shots. I am the champ.”

Bisping finished off by delivering this final message to “Rush”:

“I am not willing to wait a year for Georges St-Pierre to fight me. I might as well do two fights in that one year and still make the same money.”

Do you think we will see Georges St-Pierre fight Michael Bisping on July 8 in Las Vegas, or will Yoel Romero be next to challenge “The Count”?