There’s been no shortage of talk about Georges St-Pierre challenging for the UFC’s lightweight title, and while the legend’s interested in facing the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor, he doesn’t think it will happen.
For months there’s been speculation about when and who St-Pierre will fight again, following his historic win over Michael Bisping last November. With that victory, the former welterweight champ added the middleweight title to his resume, but because of a battle with ulcerative colitis, St-Pierre ultimately vacated the belt.
Well, since then, St-Pierre has said he doesn’t plan on fighting at 185 again, due to the issues he encountered trying to bulk up. This only added fuel to the speculative fire that GSP might be thinking about dropping to 155. After all, this would put him in a position to become the first fighter ever to win titles in three UFC divisions.
Recently the Canadian star spoke with Submission Radio, and of course, St-Pierre was asked if he’d be interested in facing the winner of Khabib – McGregor, which will take place on October 6th at UFC 229. The decorated fighter had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I would be interested in that fight,” GSP said. “That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money — it’s gonna be a big fight. Yeah. However, I fought at 170, I relinquished a title. I fought at 185, I relinquished a title. I don’t think UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid I relinquish and I left the division in ruins.
“From my perspective, it’s a very winning situation. For UFC, it’s a big risk for them. Like I said, I’m older. I know Khabib, I’ve met Khabib many times. Khabib is actually bigger than me. He’s a bigger guy.”
“I think I could make it,” St-Pierre added. “I’ve never tried it, I’m not a fan of big weight cuts, but are they gonna let me do that? I don’t know.”
Is GSP right? Regarding the unlikelihood that the UFC would let him drop to 155 and challenge for the belt? Probably. Dana White seemed to be pretty annoyed when St-Pierre dropped the middleweight belt, and he’s repeatedly said the star isn’t interested in fighting, even though GSP clearly is.
But, you never know right? If the UFC ownership group decides that bout is just too massive to pass on, it could happen. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re living in a different age these days in terms of matchmaking.