While Firas Zahabi may have already dropped a hint for the winner of the Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch to call out former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 200, it really is all just a hunch for Zahabi.
The longtime coach of GSP spoke on the MMA Hour (transcribed by MMA Fighting) on Monday and opened up on what he believes will get Georges St-Pierre back in the Octagon.
“Any fight [can] happen,” Zahabi said. “It’s really up to what motivates Georges. That’s the only thing. Georges has won many titles, he’s been in many fights. There’s nothing for him to gain. He’s got plenty of money. There’s nothing for him to gain other than to do it for fun, to do it for the sheer pleasure. So if he finds something that’s fun and pleasurable, and he’s excited about doing, that’s what’s going to pull the trigger.”
Regarding a fight with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, Zahabi says that he doesn’t think that is a matchup “Rush” is particularly excited about.
“I don’t know if that [a fight against current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler] motivates Georges,” Zahabi said. “Lawler has lost to guys that Georges has already beat. Georges, I don’t know if he wants to be champion. I haven’t asked him, ‘Hey, do you want to be champion again? Do you want to have to defend your title over and over again?’ I don’t know if he wants to do those things. We didn’t really talk about that.
“It could be, I don’t know. Honestly, I haven’t talked to Georges about it.”
Zahabi goes on to say that he thinks it will take just that one magical match to get GSP back into gear.
“It’s all on Georges’ motivation,” Zahabi said. “But Georges, to say that, he’s a very spontaneous guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow he calls me up and says, ‘I want to do this.’ It wouldn’t surprise me, because he’s a very spontaneous guy, so I think it’s just that motivation, that one fight that he’s going to be motivated to train for, the one training camp that he’s going to be excited to do, he’ll do it.”
Will the winner of Diaz vs. McGregor 2 be enough magic for Georges St-Pierre? Perhaps we’ll see how things play out when UFC 200’s last bell has rung.