Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, is returning to mixed martial arts (MMA) next month to challenge reigning middleweight kingpin Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in New York.
Not because “Rush” wants to prove he’s just as good at middleweight as he was at welterweight, but rather because he needs another monster payday. That, and he doesn’t want to get KTFO by a real power puncher like Tyron Woodley.
That’s according to “The Chosen One,” who believes it would be disrespectful for the promotion to book St-Pierre vs. Conor McGregor at welterweight — simply for the profit — while Woodley is still the 170-pound champion.
“No, that’s a disrespect to me. [St-Pierre] probably [will call out McGregor], but he’s gonna have to be honest with the fans and say, ‘I’m here for money.” And that’s okay. There’s no shame in that. . . Just know I’m gonna call him out on that. Win, lose, or draw, I’m gonna want to fight the winner of that fight, Bisping or Georges. Then I’m going to want to come back and see all this fresh new talent in the welterweight division and I’m gonna want to show them a lesson too.”
The winner of this fight may have a problem with that.
Even if St-Pierre proves successful in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for Sat., Nov 4, 2017 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, there’s no guarantee he can book a super fight against “Notorious.”
McGregor is expected to defend his title against interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson later this year, or first-quarter 2018, and there is also the lucrative Nate Diaz rubber match available after (or before) that.
Still lot of pieces to this two-division puzzle ... stay tuned.
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