According to Dana White, the UFC was never close to booking Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre.
When it was officially announced that Georges St-Pierre would be returning to the UFC, several opponents — many from separate weight classes — were listed as potential candidates for the former welterweight kingpin.
Among them was current UFC lightweight champion and former featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who is currently pursuing a boxing mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In the end, the UFC decided to select middleweight champ Michael Bisping as GSP’s next opponent, and the two will collide in a MW championship tilt in the second half of 2017.
UFC president Dana White says the promotion was never close to booking McGregor vs. GSP, even though ‘Rush’ was motivated to make the weight cut to 155-pounds.
“(We were) not even close (to making a fight between McGregor and St-Pierre),” White said in a recent interview, per Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie. “Georges said he could make 155 pounds. But let’s be honest here – everyone wants to take a shot at Michael Bisping. They think he’s beatable, and obviously Georges St-Pierre is no different. So he’s going to step up and try to take his 185-pound title.”
Although St-Pierre was interested in challenging McGregor at lightweight, ‘The Notorious’ is no stranger to GSP’s native welterweight division. McGregor, 28, fought Nate Diaz in back-to-back fights at 170 lbs. and is tied 1-1 with the Californian. It’s unknown whether McGregor was contacted about a potential fight with St-Pierre.
While McGregor is busy negotiating the terms for a boxing fight against Mayweather, GSP will challenge Bisping for the 185-pound title later this year. The date and venue are expected to be announced at a Las Vegas press conference, which takes later today at 5 P.M. ET.