Recently Georges St-Pierre turned some heads by confirming he’s interested in fighting the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov – Conor McGregor. But, as the legend predicted would be the case, it doesn’t sound like Dana White’s on board with the idea.
Just a few days ago, GSP said he would be up to fight the winner of the October 6th contest, not only because it would be a huge fight and payday, but because it would give him the opportunity to build on his legacy. After all, if GSP defeated either Khabib or McGregor, he would become the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in three different divisions.
But, the former welterweight and middleweight champ also relayed that he didn’t think the UFC would sign on, since he vacated the middleweight title without ever defending it. Well, following the latest Dana White Contender Series card on Tuesday, White was asked about GSP’s interest in fighting for the 155 title. Here’s what the UFC President had to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen,” White said. “He gave up the 170-pound belt, he gave up the 185-pound belt. I mean it’s like – no. Pick a division.”
So, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. White has made similar comments before when there was talk about GSP fighting McGregor, and before St-Pierre announced he was dealing with ulcerative colitis, the UFC President said he’d be upset if GSP didn’t defend the 185 belt.
Now, there is still the possibility, however, that the UFC ownership group takes a look at his, after Nurmagomedov and McGregor fight at UFC 229. Maybe. Let’s not forget that the UFC is giving Brock Lesnar a title shot….Will the pro-wrestling star commit to regularly defending the heavyweight title if he wins it? Probably not, but the UFC is moving forward with Daniel Cormier – Lesnar because it’s going to make them a ton of cash.
All this aside, White also said he’s interested in having St-Pierre fighting at the UFC’s upcoming card in Toronto, Ontario, December 8th. The big question is, however, is GSP really interested in any other bout? Aside from fighting for the 155 belt?
St-Pierre returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2013 last November, and choked out Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title.