The consensus has been that Georges St-Pierre isn’t overly interested in remaining at 185 pounds and defending the middleweight title, and Dana White’s made it clear he doesn’t want to hear that.
St-Pierre returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2013 earlier this month, and choked out Michael Bisping at UFC 217, to secure the middleweight crown. Although GSP has said that he’s contractually obligated to defend the 185 title, the former welterweight champ has been non-committal, in terms of if and when he’ll do so. Following his win over Bisping, St-Pierre has said he was having difficulties keeping on weight.
Well, White met with media members yesterday in Las Vegas, and when the UFC President was asked about the notion GSP will vacate the belt, he said the following (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’m going to be super pissed (if St-Pierre wants to drop the title), and I don’t know where we go from there,” White said. “Go to 170 — who’s better to fight at 170? You’ve got (Tyron) Woodley, you’ve got ‘Wonderboy,’ you’ve got (Yoel) Romero, and then you’ve got Luke Rockhold. F*cking monsters. They’re all monsters. There’s no fight that looks like, ‘Oh, maybe this is the fight for me to take.’ You looked at Bisping like he was a tune-up. You got your tune-up. There’s nothing but f*cking animals at ’85 and ’70.”
“Rockhold is massive. He’s massive when he cuts weight. There’s no good options. To sit there and try to handpick people, or where you want to go and everything else, you can’t in this f*cking sport. They’re all nasty. You’re a fighter. Get in there and see who you can f*cking beat. You wanted to f*cking come back. Welcome back, it’s ugly.”
White also reportedly said that if GSP retires, that’s one thing, but he made it clear he doesn’t want the fighter vacating the belt and then returning to 170. Now does this mean this couldn’t happen? No. It’s hard to imagine that the UFC would take a stand and sideline GSP, if he wants to drop down to 170. GSP fighting is better than not having GSP fighting…
The UFC President also said that there’s been no discussions about GSP moving down to fight Conor McGregor. White argued that McGregor versus anyone is a big fight, which is true. But, is McGregor – GSP not bigger than other possible match-ups?