Recently Dana White reported that the UFC and St-Pierre have come to terms on a new contract. As a result, after months of speculation and debate about GSP’s future, the former welterweight champ is finally cleared to make his Octagon return.
The signing has taken place shortly before Thompson will face the current champ, Tyron Woodley, at UFC 209 on Saturday. Now, it’s not currently clear if GSP intends to compete at welterweight, as he’s expressed an interest in fighting the middleweight champ Michael Bisping. But, obviously, if Thompson wins the 170 title and GSP decides he wants to make a run at the WW belt, the two will be on a collision course.
“I would hate [fighting him]. I would hate the day where I would have to step out there with a guy who inspired me first in kickboxing to [try] mixed martial arts. He was my inspiration,” said Thompson, who has trained with St-Pierre extensively. “He’s a good friend of mine. That would be a hard one to be honest with you just emotionally because he’s a good bud. But you never know.”
Thompson went on to add that while he wouldn’t want to fight GSP, they also understand that fighting is a “business”. Of course, a lot has to go down before Thompson – GSP is even a possibility. If Woodley wins on Saturday, then maybe St-Pierre will call for that bout?
UFC 209 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.