According to UFC President Dana White, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA) will not be fighting the winner of October’s highly anticipated Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor lightweight title fight.
In a recent interview with “The BBC MMA Show“, the brash UFC boss explained that part of the reason why “GSP” received an immediate middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 was due to the fact that St-Pierre’s contract promised a title defense should the Canadian prove victorious at Madison Square Garden.
However, following his third-round stoppage victory over “The Count” at UFC 217, Georges St-Pierre decided to vacate his newly acquired middleweight title due to health complications.
Now fully recovered, Georges St-Pierre has made it clear that his desire is to fight the winner of October’s highly anticipated UFC 229 lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
Despite St-Pierre’s wishes, UFC President Dana White has no plans of giving “Rush” another title fight in a division outside of welterweight.
“I’m not interested in that fight,” Dana White said of Georges St-Pierre’s desire to fight the winner of Conor vs. Khabib. “He knows that, and I’ve told him that many times.”
White continued (as transcribed by MMAJunkie):
“Georges St-Pierre is looking for one-off fights where he can make a lot of money, which, it’s smart – that’s what he should do,” White said. “But we’re not interested in that.”
Dana White is interested in seeing Georges St-Pierre return at 170-pounds, a divsion the Canadian ruled for many years.
“I’m interested in Georges St-Pierre coming back at 170 (pounds) – not at 155 pounds,” he said.
The UFC’s welterweight title will be on the line in the main event of next months UFC 228 pay-per-view event in Dallas when current champion Tyron Woodley takes on undefeated contender Darren Till.
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