The reappearance of Georges St-Pierre on the UFC scene has inevitably sparked talk of a bout with Conor McGregor.
The Canadian legend was coming to the tail end of his dominance of the welterweight division just as Conor McGregor was making a name for himself at 145lbs. in 2013. GSP’s retirement later that year appeared to put the already remote chances of the two fighting to bed.
However, as his tilt at middleweight champion Michael Bisping approaches at UFC 217 next month, much of the buzz around the 36-year-old concerns now-lightweight champion McGregor.
So intense was the talk that St-Pierre himself addressed the likelihood of the super-fight occurring. Though he was non-committal, GSP didn’t rule it out.
“Everything is possible, everybody’s targeting him because he’s the money fight. He’s an amazing fighter and it would be an amazing honour, but I don’t know. If the fans want and if he wants it, maybe it could happen.”
Now UFC president Dana White has been drawn into the fray in a recent interview with Canada’s TSN.
“GSP would need to defend his title first at 185 [pounds] and Conor has some business to handle himself,” he said via MMA Weekly.
“It would be a year and a half down the road before we would even talk about that.”
Such a bout would surely take place at welterweight, where McGregor campaigned at twice last year. This raises the question of where division champion Tyron Woodley would stand in proceedings. Not that his view appears to matter to any of the parties concerned.
“Everybody’s intriguing for Conor McGregor. I mean, if you look at Conor McGregor at 145, 155 and 170, everything is intriguing,” White stated.
The UFC boss then went even further into the realm of pure fantasy in the mould of Mayweather/McGregor, by name dropping the most requested fight venue by fans of ‘The Notorious’.
“I don’t know where that would be. We could do it in Croke Park in Ireland, where there’s like 100,000 seats. You could do it here in Toronto, where we had 56,000 people, and you could do it in Vegas, which is always good, too.”
Much like the ambitious Mayweather fight, championship gold doesn’t stand in the way of both fighters, with the possibility of it happening seemingly predicated on both fan demand and whether GSP and Conor think it’s worth their while financially.