Despite initially not showing much interest in a potential showdown against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre recently backtracked, saying that Dana White is the boss at the end of the day, and if he wants the bout to happen, then so be it. On cue, UFC’s president spoke to TSN about the potential big money showdown between “Rush” and “Notorious,” revealing that it isn’t out of the realm of possibility as long as all of the right pieces fall into place.
“GSP would need to defend his title first at 185 [pounds] and Conor has some business to handle himself,” he said via MMA Weekly. “It would be a year and a half down the road before we would even talk about that.”
Indeed, St-Pierre is lined up to face current Middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017, in New York City. As for McGregor, while it isn’t concrete at the moment, he could be defending his 155-pound strap against interim title holder, Tony Ferguson, in his next combat outing.
Since storming onto the scene, everybody — and I mean everybody -- has been eager to get a piece of the mouthy Irishman. And with good reason, too, as the box office draw isn’t opposed to fight in three weight classes in search of the next big payday.
“Everybody’s intriguing for Conor McGregor. I mean, if you look at Conor McGregor at 145, 155 and 170 [pounds], everything is intriguing,” White said.
If and when the fight ever takes place, White says there won’t be a shortage of locations to stage the massive event, which could potentially find itself touching down in McGregor’s stomping grounds.
“I don’t know where that would be,” White teased about a destination for McGregor vs. St-Pierre. “We could do it in Croke Park in Ireland, where there’s like 100,000 seats. You could do it here in Toronto, where we had 56,000 people, and you could do it in Vegas, which is always good, too.”
At the end of the day, both McGregor and St-Pierre have to take care of business in their next fights before legit talks can actually take place. After that, there isn’t much standing in the way of them doing the dance.