Dreams officially dashed.
Georges St-Pierre’s longtime trainer, Firas Zahabi, recently went on record saying that “Rush” would consider making yet another mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback for a big fight against someone like Conor McGregor. In fact, the confident coach says the fight would be the biggest in MMA history and would created decade-long records.
Sorry, but it’s simply not going to happen.
That’s according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, who recently said that if St-Pierre wishes to return to action, a fight against “Notorious” isn’t in the cards.
"He ain't fighting Conor McGregor," White said in a recent interview with ESPN. "If he wants to come back, [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron Woodley or [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker is waiting for him. They're both waiting, if Georges wants to come back."
At least Georges can find comfort in knowing White is willing to give him another immediate title shot at the division of his choosing. “Rush” recently vacated his Middleweight title he won at UFC 217 by choking out Michael Bisping due to health reasons, paving the way for Luke Rockhold to face Robert Whittaker at UFC 221.
As far as an update on St-Pierre’s fighting future, White says there isn’t any.
“There is no status," he said "I knew what he was doing. That's why I put [a mandatory title defense] into his contract. We both knew what was going on. I don't know, man. I don't think the guy wants to fight. I think he jumped in, grabbed some cash and went back to Canada."
At least he doesn’t sound that pissed.
With that potential fight now out of the way, it gives the Lightweight division a but more clarity, as Tony Ferguson now gets closer to a much-desired title unification match against McGregor.
As for Woodley and Whittaker, they still have to get passed their respective next title defenses before they can potentially look ahead to a big money championship bout against St-Pierre.