Some people have speculated that we won’t see Georges St-Pierre fight again, following his historic win at UFC 217. But, it sounds like his longtime coach, Firas Zahabi, believes the star will be back in the Octagon, provided a huge fight is offered.
When St-Pierre first announced he was returning to the UFC, the legendary fighter said he intended to compete more than once, provided he won his return bout. But, after he choked out Michael Bisping to become the middleweight champ, it was revealed he’s been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. So, because of this, and the fact GSP doesn’t really need to fight, some have wondered if this could be it.
“I think Georges is gonna get better, get back in the gym,” said Zahabi. “He’s gonna feel his body out and see what he wants, what’s the most interesting, epic fight out there… (Floyd) Mayweather? McGregor? We need a mega-fight.
“Georges will come back for a big, exciting fight.”
Now, the chances of GSP fighting Mayweather seem slim to none…but, a bout with McGregor is very possible, provided the latter is willing to face GSP at 170. It’s hard to imagine that St-Pierre would be able to cut to 155 at this juncture.
Zahabi was also asked about some of the heat St-Pierre’s been taking recently, for one) being tapped to fight Bisping ahead of other middleweight contenders, and two) for vacating the belt.
“I always tell people, if you’re criticizing Georges, do what he did,” Zahabi said. “Do what he did first, then criticize him. It’s not easy to do what he did. He defended the title over and over again. Lots of guys had their chance. Lots of guys had their chance. Get in line, make their way the way he did it. And when he did it he never complained about nobody. He did it without complaining about anybody.”
That’s a fair point, however, chances are the UFC’s top middleweights don’t see it this way. Zahabi also noted that St-Pierre has helped grow MMA, which is certainly impossible to dispute.