Dana White: Georges St Pierre Vs. Khabib McGregor Winner Probably Not Going To Happen

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LAS VEGAS – Georges St-Pierre is interested in returning to fight the winner of the upcoming Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor UFC lightweight title fight.

UFC President Dana White, however, doesn’t seem keen on the idea.

White and St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) have not historically had the best public relationship. Most recently, the UFC boss said the former two-division champion was retired from competition and that if he wanted to come back as a lightweight, he would first need to show he can make weight and get a win under his belt.

The promotion attempted to book a fight between St-Pierre and Nate Diaz for UFC 227 this month, but it didn’t materialize. Now “Rush” is targeting the winner of the UFC 229 headliner between champ Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) on Oct. 6, but given St-Pierre’s history of relinquishing UFC belts, White isn’t thrilled about it.

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“Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen,” White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, following Dana White’s Contender Series 16 event Tuesday night. “He gave up the 170-pound belt, he gave up the 185-pound belt. I mean it’s like – no. Pick a division.”

St-Pierre, 37, has not competed since winning the UFC middleweight belt from Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November. The fight marked his return to competition from a four-year hiatus. But just 33 days after winning the gold, the French-Canadian vacated the strap due to concerns over his health.

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In the months since giving up the title, St-Pierre has explained in-depth that bulking up to 185 pounds from his longtime frame as a welterweight led to some stomach issues. He’s been losing weight and said going all the way down to 155 pounds is not unrealistic.

White isn’t eager to comply with St-Pierre’s desire to fight Nurmagomedov or McGregor, but he’s warm to the idea of having the future UFC Hall of Famer back in the octagon this year. And White said St-Pierre fighting at UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8 would be a logical fit.

“No, we haven’t talked, but it sounds like we will,” White said. “Toronto makes sense. Toronto wouldn’t be bad.”

For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source : https://mmajunkie.com/2018/08/dana-white-says-no-st-pierre-fighting-khabib-mcgregor-winner

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