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Tyron Woodley is moving up to middleweight to fight the winner of Bisping vs St-Pierre

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is finally making his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) after spending more than four years on the sidelines.

But it won’t be at 170 pounds.

Instead, “Rush” will jump up to the middleweight division in an attempt to dethrone reigning 185-pound kingpin Michael Bisping at UFC 217, but that doesn’t mean he’s escaped the clutches of current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“I think my next opponent is going to be the winner of Bisping and Georges St-Pierre,” Woodley said on the Anik and Florian Podcast (via Bloody Elbow). “I think that’s my next fight. Victorious in that fight, I think you see me move up to a different weight class.”

Sounds like “Rush” isn’t the only one chasing that Conor McGregor cash.

Woodley lost the opportunity to fight St-Pierre after his lame-duck performance against Demian Maia at UFC 214 last July. “The Chosen One” remains unbooked for the time being, but he is expected to fight the winner of this bout.

Which might leave St-Pierre here.

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