Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who also held gold at 185 pounds, was hoping to add a third championship title to his sizable mantle by dropping down to the lightweight division.
That’s where the professional vacater would score the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor, who collide for “The Eagle’s” strap in the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this October in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen,” promotion president Dana White said (via MMA Junkie). “He gave up the 170-pound belt, he gave up the 185-pound belt. I mean it’s like – no. Pick a division. We haven’t talked, but it sounds like we will. Toronto makes sense. Toronto wouldn’t be bad.”
The former king of PPV buys is always a welcome addition to Canadian fight cards and if St-Pierre was interested in making another run at welterweight, the door will always be open. Unfortunately, “Rush” is only interested in legacy fights and 170 pounds is yesterday’s news.
That paves the way for the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz to earn the next crack at the lightweight crown after they collide at UFC 230 this November in New York, assuming the latter has his issues worked out by then.