Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has expressed his interest in fighting the eventual winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor lightweight title fight set to happen this October 6.
However, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White, made it clear that he will not take on the Eagle nor the Notorious for his expected comeback in the Octagon. But the promotion chief gave a major hint for his potential return fight.
A Win-win Situation
GSP last appeared in the cage in 2017 when he clobbered Michael Bisping at the UFC 217 main even en route to his middleweight title. But the 37-year old vacated his belt for the second time in four years due to his ulcerative colitis condition.
In a report last December 2017, he exclaimed:
“My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health. Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up the division. I will be giving up my belt and once I’m healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what’s next in my career.”
After almost a year, the Rush will be soon making his comeback in the cage. And for his return, he believes that fighting either Conor or Khabib will be a win-win situation for him.
“I would be interested in that fight. That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money. It’s going to be a big fight.”
However, he is doubtful that the promotion would grant him the fight because of his history of relinquishing titles.
“I fought at 170. I relinquished the title (in 2013). Then I fought at 185. I relinquished the title (in 2017). I don’t think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid that I’ll relinquish and leave the division in ruins again.”
Pick a Division
White is looking forward to the return of the Canadian mixed martial artist. After all, he remains as one of the biggest assets of the promotion. In fact, his return fight against Bisping last year broke the record for the Canadian pay-per-view market.
However, the UFC president stressed that GSP fighting in the 155-lb division is not going to happen.
“Yeah, that’s probably not gonna happen [fighting the winner of Khabib-Conor bout]. He gave up the 170-pound division, he gave up the 185-pound belt. You know what I mean? It’s like, pick a division.”
White said another UFC event would be a perfect fit for St-Pierre’s return.
“Toronto makes sense. Toronto wouldn’t be bad.”
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