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UFC 214’s Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre is ‘playing everybody,’ doesn’t want to get concussed by his powerful punch

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Georges St-Pierre was rumored to be returning to mixed martial arts (MMA) after a lengthy hiatus from the hurt business later this year against current Middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

But, St-Pierre’s lingering eye issue delayed that fight, and UFC president Dana White ultimately decided to scrap it all together. Now, the outspoken head honcho has gone on record, saying “Rush” will return to the Octagon, but he’ll be fighting the winner of this weekend’s Welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.

Woodley, however, doesn’t think a fight against St-Pierre will ever materialize because he feels the former 170-pound kingpin is playing everybody.

“I’ve been told me and Demian Maia are fighting this weekend,” said Woodley during a recent interview on “The MMA Hour” (via MMA Fighting). “I don’t even want to talk about GSP because GSP is playing everybody. I don’t know if he really wants to fight. I don’t know if he really wants to fight me or if he wants to fight Bisping.”

St-Pierre took a break from the fight game back in 2013 citing battles with obsessive compulsive disorder, concerns with performance enhancing drug users and fear of getting concussions, according to Woodley. And if that’s the case, “The Chosen One” says the last person “Rush” wants to see inside the cage is him.

“To be flat out honest, I don’t think he wants to fight me. I think he wants to fight someone like Stephen Thompson. (GSP will) think, ‘(Thompson) is someone I’ve trained with, he’s not going to hit me with a concussion. Think about why (GSP) left the sport. He said he had some personal issues. He also spoke about the rampant usage of PEDs in the sport, and also, concussions,” added Woodley.

“What guy that’s on the list is going to give him a concussion besides me?” he asked. “Not Demian Maia, most likely not Michael Bisping. Bisping is known for enduring damage, being resilient and always pushing forward. Most likely not ‘Wonderboy,’ because Georges came from a sport karate background. He’s trained with Stephen Thompson.”

Furthermore, Woodley believes that had he lost to “Wonderboy” earlier this year, St-Pierre would’ve gladly accepted a fight against him, and will do the same with Maia if he somehow manages to take him out this Saturday.

“I think if ‘Wonderboy’ had beat me, (GSP) would have fought him. If Demian Maia comes out on top this weekend, I think he’ll fight him. I just don’t think that he wants to come in after three years and face a guy like me who is completely determined not to lose his belt,” he concluded.


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