Georges St-Pierre hasn’t fought since capturing the middleweight championship from Michael Bisping at UFC 217 . He never defended the belt because of ulcerative colitis and a GSP return seems uncertain.
Would the upcoming lightweight title showdown between Khabib Nurmagoemdov and Conor McGregor be the fight to entice the all-time great to make an Octagon return?
“I would be interested in that fight,” St-Pierre said at a news conference ahead of his Australian live tour. “That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money. It’s going to be a big fight.
“However, I fought at 170. I relinquished the title (in 2013). Then I fought at 185. I relinquished the title (in 2017). I don’t think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid that I’ll relinquish and leave the division in ruins again.”
St-Pierre defended the welterweight title nine times before relinquishing it after beating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Nov. 2013. After scoring a third-round submission over Bisping, he dropped that belt because of the stomach illness.
“But I understand that, from my perspective, it’s a very winning situation,” St-Pierre said. “For the UFC, it’s a very big risk for them. And I guess that I’m older. And 155 … I know Khabib. I’ve met Khabib many times. Khabib is actually bigger than me when he’s offseason. He’s a big guy, Khabib. He’s a great fighter. But in terms of size, he walks around at 195. Right now, I’m less than 185. I’m 183, 185 — I’ve always been like that, my natural fit weight.
“But 155, I think I could make it. I never tried it. I’m not a fan of a big weight cut. But are they going to let me do that? I don’t know. Is it going to be for a (title)? A title would be good for legacy. But even if it’s not for a title, it would be a big fight. It would still be legacy. Maybe not as much as if it would be a title fight, but it still would be against a champion. We’ll see. I don’t know. It’s a lot of – we’ll see what’s going to happen.”