With the now-traditional November Madison Square Garden show in New York City, as well as the promotion’s year-end events, the UFC is always looking to end their calendar year on a high.
To really capitalise on those marquee fight cards, you need some big names on board which truly fit the bill. Not many names come bigger than Georges St-Pierre.
Luckily for UFC President Dana White, “GSP” has said he is open to return to fight before 2018 is all said and done – having not fought since defeating Michael Bisping for his middleweight championship at MSG in November last year at UFC 217.
And St-Pierre isn’t looking to fight any old opponent. Hoping to add to his arguably unrivalled legacy, St-Pierre wants to try winning a belt in a third weightclass, facing the winner of the upcoming fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Such a win would see him add UFC lightweight gold to his welterweight and middleweight titles two weightclasses higher.
When asked if he could return in time for UFC 230, the MSG show scheduled for November 3rd, GSP told Australian MMA outlet Submission Radio: “November? Yeah. There’s also Toronto in December. The thing is, what excites me is what can I have to improve my legacy? What can I do to improve my legacy? That’s number one. And also the money. But legacy number one, the money is there.
“I would be interested in that fight [Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor winner]. That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money — it’s gonna be a big fight. Yeah. However, I fought at 170, I relinquished a title. I fought at 185, I relinquished a title. I don’t think UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid I relinquish and I left the division in ruins.
“From my perspective, it’s a very winning situation. For UFC, it’s a big risk for them. Like I said, I’m older. I know Khabib, I’ve met Khabib many times. Khabib is actually bigger than me. He’s a bigger guy.”
Having spent the vast majority of his career competing at 170lbs in the welterweight division, before heading up to middleweight for his Bisping bout, GSP is confident he can make the lightweight limit of 155lbs. That’s if the UFC affords him the opportunity.
“I think I could make it,” St-Pierre said. “I’ve never tried it, I’m not a fan of big weight cuts, but are they gonna let me do that? I don’t know.”