GSP Doesn’t “Need” Woodley Fight
While a fight with Colby Covington won’t be happening at UFC 230, Tyron Woodley’s pursuit if Georges St-Pierre is ongoing, especially with Woodley and his team feeling he may surpass GSP’s legacy.
While St-Pierre agrees that Woodley has a great championship legacy since winning the title at UFC 201, he feels determining the “greatest” welterweight ever is not an easy answer.
“Fighting is a very complex thing,” St-Pierre said. “I actually think it is good for him to think he is the greatest welterweight of all time because it makes him confident and confidence has a big role for a fighter, but there are other fighters out there who can claim the same thing.
“The greatest is hard to say, there is also another guy named Matt Hughes who at one point was one of the greatest,” St-Pierre explained. “There are some fighters, I’m not saying Tyron Woodley is one of these guys – he is an incredible fighter – but there are guys in this sport sometimes they become champion and they have an easier time than others in terms of opponent, in terms of challenges. Tyron had to go through great fighters like Stephen Thompson and his last performance was outstanding against Darren Till. There was a lot of hype on Darren Till because he was undefeated. Tyron just shut him down incredibly good. Tyron is in a good way in terms of legacy and in terms of being the greatest.”
St-Pierre has thought of returning to the Octagon following his winning the UFC middleweight title over Michael Bisping in 2017, but is still recovering from the ulcerative colitis he contracted while moving up in weight.
“For me, it was a bad experience,” said St-Pierre. “I won my fight, everything was great, the result was okay, however, I compromised what is the most important thing for me which is my health. I never want to compromise my health ever again. However, now I feel a lot better. I feel great. I’ve done some intermittent fasting with some medication and with some anti-inflammatory to help with the symptoms of my ulcerative colitis.”
“In terms of coming back to fighting, you have to realize I have a lot more to lose than to win,” St-Pierre concluded. “Tyron Woodley wants to fight me because he has a lot more to win than to lose because if he beats me in terms of legacy, in terms of popularity, he has a lot more to win. It’s not that I’m scared, actually, I’m always scared when I go fight. I’m scared of everybody but being scared is irrelevant because I’m going to walk the walk if I have to do it.
“I have to choose carefully what is my next move. For at this point, I am with cementing my legacy it is not a straight line. I have to check what can I gain, what can I lose. That is why when I fought Michael Bisping it was a win/win situation from both sides. If I were to lose I lose but if I win, I win big so it was good. Fighting Tyron Woodley right now, now that he won his last fight it elevates his stock a little bit more but it’s still not a complete win/win situation for me.”
Quotes Via: FanSided