GSP would return for Khabib vs. McGregor winner

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 07.08.2018 10:46h Author:

Georges St-Pierre

This year Georges St-Pierre returned to the UFC, won the middleweight title, then relinquished it.

However, he says he is interested in a fight with a winner of the upcoming UFC 229 main event between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor despite having to cut to 155 pounds for the first time.

“I would be interested in that fight,” St-Pierre said at a news conference ahead of his Australian live tour. “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, 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.”

Even if the UFC gave him the Nurmagomedov-McGregor winner for the lightweight title, it would be tough all around, St-Pierre said.

“I understand – it’s a frustrating situation,” he said. “But I understand that, from my perspective, it’s a very winning situation. For the UFC, it’s a very big risk for them. And I guess that I’m older. And 155, it’s – I know Khabib. I’ve met Khabib many times. Khabib is actually bigger than me when he’s off-season. He’s a big guy, Khabib. He’s a great fighter. But in terms of size, he walks around at 195. Right now, I’m less than 185. I’m 183, 185 – I’ve always been like that, my natural fit weight.

“But 155, I think I could make it. I never tried it. I’m not a fan of a big weight cut. But are they going to let me do that? I don’t know. Is it going to be for a (title)? A title would be good for legacy. But even if it’s not for a title, it would be a big fight. It would still be legacy. Maybe not as much as if it would be a title fight, but it still would be against a champion. We’ll see. I don’t know. It’s a lot of – we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

“The last time they asked me, they asked me to fight Nate Diaz in September, but I’m not ready in September,” St-Pierre said. “Not only that I’m not ready, I’m not very excited to fight Nate Diaz. I need something that excites me.

“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.”

“(Silva doesn’t interest me) right now,” St-Pierre said. “This fight was interesting at a certain point, when I had a lot of contenders in my division. And this fight, if it would have been made, I wanted it to be made with extra performance-enhancing drug testing, which the UFC was not a fan about because they didn’t want WADA to be part of it, before USADA was in. And also at a catchweight – that was my thing. Because as a fighter, it’s very hard to, if you’re an active fighter, competing every few months, to go up, down, up, down – they don’t want to do that. I guess I wanted to do it with extra testing and they didn’t have the testing at the time. That’s why this fight never happened.

“Right now, I don’t think it’s a good win-win situation for me because I have a lot more to lose than to win fighting right now against Anderson Silva.”

“If I have to bet … if I have to put my house on it … I have to choose Khabib over Conor,” St-Pierre said. “Khabib never lost. He never lost. And Conor has lost before. He has a few losses, and he lost on the ground, which is where Khabib is good. That’s where Khabib is the most competent at. However, Khabib sometimes, he’s a slow starter. And he gets punched a lot. He didn’t look good in the beginning of the fight (with Michael Johnson). And he has a problem with closing the distance. But once he’s got you in the clinch, he’s very good. So, I believe the odds go on Khabib’s favor, like maybe 60-40.”