Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently announced his return to mixed martial arts (MMA), following a three-year hiatus to get his head together.
More on how that transpired here.
It didn't take long for the combat sports community to start fantasy matchmaking, with one of the more popular names being lightweight titleholder Conor McGregor, who knows a thing or two about fighting at 170 pounds.
Two million pay-per-view (PPV) buys?
And even if he was done competing in the land of giants, St-Pierre already teased a drop to 155 pounds. Not that it had any impact of UFC President Dana White and his band of merry matchmakers (maybe because of this or this).
“(We were) not even close (to making a fight between McGregor and St-Pierre),” White said (via MMA Junkie). “Georges said he could make 155 pounds. But let’s be honest here – everyone wants to take a shot at Michael Bisping. They think he’s beatable, and obviously Georges St-Pierre is no different. So he’s going to step up and try to take his 185-pound title.”
And he’ll do it as the betting favorite.
When and where St-Pierre and Bisping thrown hands has yet to be determined; however, there is no reason to believe that “Rush” can’t win the 185-pound strap, then drop down to lightweight and become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in three different weight classes.
I’d much rather see that than this.