Due to comments Georges St-Pierre has made, and because of a recent photo, there’s been a ton of talk about whether the legend is heading down to 155. But, recently the welterweight and middleweight champ argued a lot of that buzz is due to the media trying to generate clicks…
Even before St-Pierre returned to the Octagon last year, and won the middleweight title, he talked about how cutting to lightweight would be easier than competing at 185. Since GSP confirmed he was coming back to the UFC, there’s been a lot of talk about him fighting Conor McGregor. At first, St-Pierre distanced himself from the match-up, but recently he said he would be “very interested” in facing the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov – McGregor.
So, because of all this, as well as a recent photo that appeared to show a slimmed down, GSP, there’s been no shortage of stories and talk about him moving to 155. But, while speaking to the Canadian Press recently, St-Pierre said this:
“I didn’t say I was going to do it,” St-Pierre said. “People headlined me the wrong way, to sell articles. That’s the society we live in.”
“I don’t want to sign a contract for a fight right now. I don’t want to say I’m going to commit to something. The minute I do it, the mental warfare starts.
“I want to come back for a good fight,” St-Pierre said. “I want to come back for a fight that I can win, that I can gain something in terms of legacy. Not only money, but in terms of legacy. Because I have a lot more to lose than to win.”
Alrighty. So what’s the take away here?
Well, it is true that St-Pierre never outright said he was done at 170, and that he’s targeting a run at lightweight. So, he is right about that. But, no one should be surprised that there’s been a few media cycles now, covering or discussing whether a bout with Nurmagomedov or McGregor might materialize.
The consensus has been that if either Khabib or Conor call for a fight with GSP, after October 6th, then the UFC would book it, even if Dana White has said it won’t happen. But, you never know. If Tony Ferguson goes out and scores an emphatic victory over Anthony Pettis at UFC 228, then “El Cucuy” could lock up a title shot.
Could GSP be thinking about fighting Tyron Woodley after all? On account of the welterweight champ’s impressive win over Darren Till? It’s possible, but not likely. St-Pierre has repeatedly said he’s not really interested in fighting for the welterweight title again.
Another possibility here (albeit, a slim one), which could also explain why GSP appears to have shed some size, is that a 165 belt is in play. If the UFC did decide to go that route, then that would give St-Pierre the chance to do something no one else has; win a UFC title in three different weight divisions.