Georges St-Pierre is not walking through that cage door. At least not for the foreseeable future.
But should “Rush” ever find himself inside the Octagon, current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson wouldn’t be opposed to taking him on; more-so than a fight against Conor McGregor.
“I mean, GSP, literally if he wants a money fight, he’s an athlete,” Ferguson said Thursday during a media conference call via MMA Fighting. “We all have to pay our bills. We all have to pay our taxes. Straight up.”
Indeed, a fight against St-Pierre, at this point, is more feasible than one against “Notorious” who hasn’t competed inside the Octagon in well over a year and has no intentions on doing so anytime soon.
Before Ferguson dropped down to 155 pounds and claimed the interim strap, he had a pretty good run at Welterweight, so moving up a division won’t be uncharted waters for “El Cucuy.”
“That’s what I signed up for in the beginning,” Ferguson said. “I was 170 pounds; 155 was forced on me. I mean, that forced the move, ultimate reality, then that’s not the end result; 170 pounds, where I had 12 fights.”
Still, Ferguson isn’t exactly lobbying for a St-Pierre showdown, as he has bigger fish to fry at the moment as he is set to defend his strap for the first time against one of the best fighters on the planet, Khabib Nurmagomedov, in the main event of UFC 223 on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.
And to hear Ferguson tell it, once “money fights” start becoming the priority over world titles, then the belt loses its value altogether. “When you’re just going for money fights, when this thing (the UFC title) starts losing luster ... it becomes tarnished,” Ferguson said.
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