Georges St-Pierre wants McGregor or Nurmagomedov, UFC Rejects Idea
Over the last week, the major news from the world of MMA was the official return of Conor McGregor to the UFC and his announced fight against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 6th at UFC 229. Upon the announcement of that fight, McGregor was listed as the underdog to Nurmagomedov. However, that wasn’t the only surprising MMA news to come out in regards to this epic UFC lightweight championship fight.
A few days after the bout was made, UFC legend Georges St-Pierre (GSP) publicly declared that he wants to take on the winner of McGregor vs Nurmagomedov. In a recent radio appearance, GSP made the following comments to Submission Radio about how he would love a fight against the UFC 229 winner as he views it to be a fight that can add to his legacy:
“I would be interested in [facing winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor] That’s a win-win situation, it’s a legacy upgrade, and it’s good money.”
Unfortunately, a few days after GSP’s comments, Dana White shot down the potential blockbuster fight as he made the following comments according to MMAWeekly.com:
“That’s probably not going to happen. He gave up the 170-pound belt. He gave up 185-pound belt, you know what I mean? It’s like no, pick a division.”
White’s comments pretty much confirmed the doubts that GSP had on whether or not the UFC would even let him near the lightweight division:
“It would be a big fight. However, I fought at 170, I relinquished the title. I fought at 185, I relinquished the title. I don’t think the UFC would let me fight for the title at 155.”
Even if the UFC wanted this fight to happen, it would be a tall task for St-Pierre to cut all the way down to 155. GSP stated that he currently weighs 183 pounds, which is pretty much his normal “walking around” weight when not training for a fight. St-Pierre also noted that Nurmagomedov is bigger than him and weighs over 190 pounds during his “offseason.”
St-Pierre returned to the octagon last November after a near-4 year hiatus. He defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217 via submission in the 3rd round to capture the UFC middleweight title. But, as stated above, GSP promptly relinquished that belt as well.
Who will GSP Fight and When?
With Dana White shooting down a potential super-fight between GSP and the winner of McGregor vs Nurmagomedov, it leaves the UFC with the challenge of finding an opponent for St-Pierre that the legendary fighter will accept. It’s clear that White and the UFC want GSP to fight by the end of the year with UFC 231 in Toronto as the ideal choice. GSP is a Canadian sports icon and he would definitely help ticket sales for a MMA event north of the border.
But, that still leaves the promotion with a big challenge to finding a suitable opponent for GSP, who is only looking for fights that will enhance his legacy.
There’s a rumor that Anderson Silva could be in line to fight St-Pierre in a legend vs legend bout after Silva returns from suspension in November. That could put this super-fight on track for December’s UFC 231 event in Toronto. Unfortunately, GSP shot down this matchup as he didn’t feel it was the right time to take on Silva. Whether we agree or not with St-Pierre, he’s in the position to decide who he wants to face in his next fight.
Another fighter that GSP also shot down was a rumored bout against Nate Diaz. According to MMA Junkie, St-Pierre made the following comments about a fight with Diaz:
“What excites me is, what can I do to improve my legacy? That’s the No. 1. And also, the money. But legacy, No. 1. Money is there. In terms of Nate Diaz, Nate Diaz is not really an improvement for (my legacy) because people see me as a winner already. And if I win, they will say I look like a bully a little bit, because I beat his older brother (Nick). In terms of money, yes, it’s going to be big money because Nate Diaz is a big name. So I need to find guys that can help me improve my legacy, and money, as well. I’m at a point in my career now that I only have a few fights left if I decide to come back.”
GSP was spot on with his comments that people will see him as the winner in that matchup. A few months ago, Bovada released odds for this rumored bout and GSP was a massive favorite at -360. Nate Diaz was a huge underdog at +270.
Final Words on GSP and McGregor vs Nurmagomedov
If the UFC was smart, they would just put GSP in a fight against the winner of McGregor vs Nurmagomedov. But, the caveat is that the UFC should make it a catch weight fight and not a fight for the UFC lightweight title. Conor has gone up in weight to fight Nate Diaz before. And, as St-Pierre has stated, Khabib walks around in the 190’s during offseason. Both men would be capable of going up in weight, and St-Pierre is capable of going down in weight. A fight in the 160’s would be ideal.
As for who GSP thinks will win the fight, he picks Nurmagomedov due to Khabib’s superior ground game and how devastating the undefeated champ is when he gets opponents in his clinch. St-Pierre said he believes
“the odds go on Khabib’s favor, like maybe 60-40.”
As for who I choose, check out my UFC 229 McGregor vs Nurmagomedov prediction.
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