Georges St-Pierre Slimming Down for McGregor Fight? Ex-Champ Addresses Rampant Rumors
Posted on: September 9, 2018, 12:00h.
Last updated on: September 10, 2018, 10:20h.
Mixed martial arts legend Georges St-Pierre (GSP) is for the first time addressing rumors that he could face the winner of the upcoming fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The former UFC champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since UFC 217 in Montreal last November.
It was his first fight in four years, and after defeating middleweight champion Michael Bipsing, he quickly gave up the belt and went into another mini-retirement.
However, the Canadian hasn’t ruled out a return to the ring, leaving one big question to be answered — who would he face?
Speculation surfaced this week that GSP was once again getting ready to rumble after he posted a picture on Twitter in which he was looking rather slim.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) September 2, 2018
That caused quite the stir, with many suggesting he was preparing for a fight at 155 pounds.
“Champ, you’re looking relatively small,” responded one fan. “Allow me to speculate that you’re planning to fight the winner of Conor vs Khabib.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov will fight at 155 pounds for the welterweight belt at UFC 229 in early October.
Will he or Won’t He?
While the fight would surely be one of the biggest UFC pay-per-view draws of all time, the former champ is throwing a bit of cold water on the idea.
“I didn’t say I was going to do it,” St-Pierre told reporters at a public appearance promoting his aquatic training company this week. “People headlined me the wrong way, to sell articles. That’s the society we live in.”
At the same time, he didn’t rule out a return to the ring altogether. In fact, he was perfectly blunt about his desire to build on the GSP legend.
“I want to come back for a good fight,” St-Pierre said. “I want to come back for a fight that I can win, that I can gain something in terms of legacy. Not only money, but in terms of legacy. Because I have a lot more to lose than to win.”
A McGregor-GSP tilt would potentially be the most-hyped fight in UFC history. However, UFC president Dana White said this summer that he’s “not interested in that fight.”
Super-Tilt On Tap
At this point, White is more focused on the upcoming super fight between the loquacious McGregor and the undefeated Nurmagomedov, which will take place on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Despite being a huge favorite with the public, the trash-talking Irishman, who recently ducked serious jail time, is a pretty big underdog in the fight.
McGregor is listed at 7/5 to defeat the Russian, meaning a $100 dollar bet would net you a profit of $140.
Nurmagomedov has yet to lose and is generally considered the most dangerous pound-for-pound fighter in the world. At odds of 10/17, you’d have to risk $170 on “The Eagle” to make a $100 profit.
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