Dana White just announced on Sportscenter that GSP has officially found his first fight back in the UFC, as he will face off against Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping sometime in 2017. We know GSP must go through another three months of USADA drug testing (fighters returning from retirement must be tested for 4 months before fighting), but Dana said that once he is finished with his USADA obligations they will look to set a date.
Michael Bisping is also sidelined for the time being, recovering from a knee injury, so the timeframe makes sense for both fighters. Bisping currently sits atop the UFC's all-time wins list, with 20, and the man he recently surpassed just so happens to be GSP, who has 19. This fight not only will be the beginning of GSP's comeback train, but he can also regain the piece of history he had held onto. Bisping is going to look to draw GSP out of his humble-quiet shell, by trash talking and harassing him as he does everyone, and we have only seen GSP fall into that once, against Nick Diaz.
This fight certainly puts the rest of the middleweight division on hold, as Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza have both been waiting for title shots, but I think the move to make for both of these fighters is to just run-back there December 2015 fight, and have the winner be officially next in line for the title.
I am definitely excited to see GSP back in action and I think Bisping is a great matchup for his return, as he is probably the easiest fight GSP could get, while still being a top-level fight. GSP is looking to not only make history by reclaiming his all-time win lead, but he will also look to become only the 4th fighter in UFC history to hold a belt at two weight classes.