Georges St-Pierre explains why fights with Tyron Woodley, Diaz brothers don’t interest him

Georges St-Pierre

On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre discussed potential matchups with many of the sport’s biggest names. Among those names were current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, who has been calling for a fight with St-Pierre for months, and Nick and Nate Diaz.

Apparently, none of these matchups are particularly interesting to the former champ St-Pierre. He started by poking holes in the merits of fights with the Diaz brothers.

“The fight with Nate Diaz doesn’t really interest me, because I beat Nick Diaz,” he said (h/t MMAFighting). “And logically, it’s not a risk worth taking for me, because if I beat Nate Diaz, it’s like normal for me. You know what I mean? It’s like, people expect me to win. But if I lose, I lose a big part of my legacy, I lose my name. I think it’s not worth it for me. Logically, it’s not worth it.”

“For me, fighting Nick now, I have nothing to gain, because I beat him,” he added later. “He lost many of his last fights. It’s not worth it for me. And he’s a pain in the ass. You fight a guy like this, he’s a very skilled fighter, he’s a big pain in the butt, and it would be a risk not to take for me. It would be stupid for me to go fight him. … However, from his side, if he comes back and he achieves something great, like, I don’t know, a title or whatever, now it makes more sense.”

Next, St-Pierre addressed a possible matchup with Woodley.

“Tyron Woodley, in the beginning — before — I wanted to fight Tyron Woodley,” he said. “A few years ago, I wanted to fight Tyron Woodley. We even texted each other. However the idea of coming back at 185 was put in my head, and then I thought it made more sense, so that’s why I chose to go at 185. Because I fought at 170 all of my life, and if I put my legacy against someone, it needs to be something great. Something that, the guy needs to be accomplishing something special. If I put my legacy at risk, I want it to be worth it. If I fight against a guy who fights at 170 — Tyron is a great champion, but I feel like he fought ‘Wonderboy,’ he won the fight, but his last fights were not fights that made history. He won the fights, it was great, but it feels like it was not like a special fight.”

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/6/2018.