Woodley: GSP Will Only Return for McGregor
Back in November, at UFC 217, Georges St Pierre shocked the world by choking out Michael Bisping to win the UFC Middleweight Championship. It was GSP’s first bout in almost exactly four years — when he vacated the UFC Welterweight Title and taking some time away from the Octagon.
But the very next month, St Pierre was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and St Pierre surrendered the middleweight title. GSP said he will return once he recovers from the disease, but another UFC champion — welterweight champion Tyron Woodley — does not believe him.
Woodley was anticipated to face GSP, but after Woodley’s critically panned performance against Demian Maia at UFC 214, the opportunity was given to Bisping instead.
Woodley says GSP will only come back to the UFC for a big superfight that will draw money. A particular opponent in mind for him, Woodley claims, would be UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor.
“He’s already captured two different titles in two different divisions,” Woodley told MMA Fighting. “He’s made a fortune in mixed martial arts. He has nothing to prove. Does it make a lot of sense for him to come in and take on a very challenging, very hard-punching, fast, explosive guy who just so happens to have the best takedown defense in the history of our sport? Maybe not. I’m just that guy right now. I’m on the top and he’s had his time and I don’t think he wants to fight me.”
I think Conor is the fight that’ll bring him out. A smaller opponent. One hard punch, straight left that he can predict and get ready for. The takedowns are gonna be there all day for him. So I think a Conor McGregor fight is gonna provide a f****** fortune when it comes down to money. I think that’s the fight that he’s gonna try to do.
McGregor competed in the Money Fight boxing match with Floyd Mayweather back in August, losing via 10th round TKO. The last time McGregor competed in the UFC was back at UFC 205 in November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Title.
McGregor has previously stated he will be returning to the UFC; however, he is insistent that fighters should lobby for fights with him. Depending on the uncertain futures with both McGregor and GSP, it is unknown, if not unlikely, this bout will ever happen.
Woodley, meanwhile, is rehabilitating following successful shoulder surgery and making a return to the Octagon to defend his title.