Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre is back with the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion after spending more than three years on the sidelines.
He was too stressed out to fight, or something like that.
But now that “Rush” has returned, he’s not exactly easing himself into the title picture. In fact, his first fight inside the Octagon will not only be a championship showdown against Michael Bisping, it will also be contested at a heavier weight.
Not that Bisping expects the French-Canadian fighter to hang around if “The Count” coughs up his crown, according to comments he made on his official podcast, helpfully transcribed by MMA Fighting:
"Here's what I think GSP's plan is. He comes back, he fights me, he beats me. In the time that takes, Demian Maia beats Jorge Masvidal then he fights Tyron Woodley. [St-Pierre] believes - because he said this - that Maia beats Woodley. Then, from him fighting me, he fights Maia, relinquishes the 185-pound belt, then he goes for the 170 belt. Then from there - he's spoke about this - then he's gonna relinquish that and then fight Conor McGregor for the lightweight belt. That is his master plan, I guarantee it. And if he can pull it off, then he would definitely go down as the greatest mixed martial arts fighter in history. I do think that after that, he's gonna fight at his weight class - 170 - and then go for the big, big money fight against Conor, which would be almost as big as, maybe, Conor vs. Floyd. That would do bigger numbers than Conor vs. Nate Diaz. It would be massive."
Those numbers were pretty big.
McGregor is no stranger to 170-pounds, splitting a pair of pay-per-view (PPV) fights with Nate Diaz back in 2016. And assuming “Notorious” wants to stay at 155 pounds to defend his title (assuming this never happens), St-Pierre has already teased a drop down to the lightweight division.
Giving him the opportunity to capture three titles in three different weight classes.