Earlier this year, it was announced that former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre would be making his highly anticipated return to the Octagon in 2017 against UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
While the fight was never given an official date, Bisping finally demanded that St-Pierre be ready to fight over the summer after months without an official date. St-Pierre informed Bisping that he would be willing to fight any time after November, which prompted UFC President Dana White to subsequently announced that the promotion was not going to wait for the former welterweight champion, and that when St-Pierre made his return, it was expected to be at welterweight. Ultimately Bisping then revealed that he was still recovering from his knee surgery, and wouldn’t be ready to fight over the summer anyway.
Now, Tristar gym head coach Firas Zahabi speaks to MMAJunkie to discuss who he would like to see GSP fight when he returns:
“I think I want Georges to fight a high-profile fight,” Zahabi admitted. “He doesn’t need any more to go and try to be champion of the welterweight division and try to defend the title every three-four months. I think he’s done that, and he’s past that. I don’t want to speak for him. I don’t know if it’s a lifestyle he wants to go back to.
“I think he should fight Conor McGregor or Michael Bisping, and I’ll tell you why: Michael Bisping will give him a two-title championship, and if he fights McGregor, it’ll be the greatest fight in UFC history.
“Other than that, I don’t know if there’s anything else that’s super-interesting. I don’t wanna speak for Georges – maybe Georges is thinking of other fights – but the two fights I’m interested in would be a Bisping fight or a McGregor fight. I don’t see why that can’t happen. Maybe it’s a question of time, but it should happen.”
Only time will tell.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com 5/19/2017.