UFC president Dana White shouldn’t be keen to entertain Georges St-Pierre difficult the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor.
Nurmagomedov’s undisputed UFC light-weight title will likely be on the road when he and McGregor headline UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas.
St-Pierre returned from a near-four-year hiatus final yr to maneuver as much as middleweight and instantly take the title from Michael Bisping. Regardless of assuring White that he would defend the belt if he received, St-Pierre, citing well being points on the elevated weight, vacated the title just a few weeks later and hasn’t fought since.
He has, nevertheless, expressed curiosity in difficult the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor for the light-weight title, additional including to his legacy.
White is not shopping for.
“I’m not fascinated with that combat. He is aware of that and I’ve advised him many instances,” White mentioned on The BBC MMA Present not too long ago. “He was the 170-pound champion, he moved as much as 185 kilos to tackle Michael Bisping and put in his settlement that he would completely defend the title at 185 after which simply dumped the title. I’m not .”
White understands what St-Pierre is doing and does not totally fault him for it. St-Pierre dominated the welterweight division for years, defeating all comers, however now, as he nears a self-imposed profession deadline of 40 years of age, the 37-year-old Canadian solely desires fights that add to his legacy.
Though it could have made him a truckload of cash, St-Pierre shot down a proposed match-up with Nate Diaz as a result of he did not really feel it match the invoice for solidifying his place in UFC historical past.
“Georges St-Pierre is searching for one-off fights the place he could make some huge cash, which it’s good, that’s what he ought to do, however we’re not fascinated with that,” White continued.
“I’m fascinated with Georges St-Pierre coming again at 170 [pounds], not at 155 kilos.”
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As he did when negotiations for the Bisping bout hit a tough patch, White doubts that St-Pierre actually desires to combat. Actually, he is unsure that he’ll ever return to the Octagon once more, regardless of his success in opposition to Bisping in 2017.
“I don’t know. He’s not too enthusiastic about combating or defending his title or something like that. I don’t know if he’ll ever combat once more.”