White: GSP & McGregor Won’t Be Fighting
Speaking to ESPN recently, UFC President, Dana White said that there is no update on what’s next for now former UFC middleweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, and believed the plan the entire time for “GSP” was to get in, get paid, get out.
“There is no status,” White said. “I knew what he was doing. That’s why I put that [stipulation] into his contract. We both knew what was going on.
“I don’t know, man. I don’t think the guy wants to fight. I think he jumped in, grabbed some cash and went back to Canada.”
The contract stipulation was one St-Pierre and White made a big deal of before his fight with Bisping. If St-Pierre won the title at UFC 217, he was then obligated to defend the belt for his next fight, instead of dropping back to welterweight or pursuing other money fights available to him. This was apparently done to assuage concerns that St-Pierre was only coming back to fight Bisping, and that his move to middleweight wasn’t just a lark. Clearly, it did not work and St-Pierre became the first fighter to vacate multiple UFC titles.
Now, unencumbered by the middleweight title, St-Pierre is free to peruse other options if he choose to fight again. One option that is highly speculated is a superfight with current lightweight champion, Conor McGregor. McGregor and St-Pierre are the two biggest pay-per-View draws in currently signed to the UFC, but despite the prospect of a major money fight White shot down that idea. The UFC president claims that if St-Pierre comes back, it will only be to challenge either the middleweight or welterweight title holders.
“He ain’t fighting Conor McGregor,” White said.
“If he wants to come back, [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron Woodley or [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker is waiting for him. They’re both waiting, if Georges wants to come back.”
Of course, Dana White has been wrong before. In fact, earlier this year he said that the St-Pierre-Bisping title fight “ship had sailed,” only to say that the ship “f*cking turned around and sailed back” after announcing the fight, so maybe don’t count out a GSP-McGregor fight just yet.