Georges St-Pierre appears to have plenty of options for his next move.
St-Pierre could defend the UFC middleweight title he captured with a third-round submission over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. In that case, a unification matchup against interim champion Robert Whittaker would be the obvious best candidate.
St-Pierre could also drop back down to 170 pounds, the division he called home throughout most of his career, and seek a fight against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. St-Pierre is already widely considered the greatest welterweight to ever live, and another title reign would simply be a cherry on top of his legacy.
But what about something a little more outside of the box — a matchup against between two of the biggest draws in UFC history: St-Pierre vs. Conor McGregor?
The pairing would surely create a massive financial success, and McGregor, the UFC’s reigning lightweight champion, has experience fighting at 170 pounds due to his rivalry against Nate Diaz. And according to St-Pierre, the possibility of fighting McGregor is a proposition “GSP” gets asked about often.
“Everybody is asking me this question. You’re not the only one,” St-Pierre said Thursday on a special edition of The MMA Hour. “I always ask the same: Why is everybody asking this question? He’s competing in different weight classes than I am.
“I’m not the kind of guy who, as a fighter, I don’t challenge guys that compete in smaller weight classes. I think it makes you look bad. I don’t want to do this, and I’m very happy for Conor. He raised the bar for all of us.”
Not only are St-Pierre and McGregor two of the most popular fighters to ever compete under the UFC umbrella, but they are also two of only four athletes to ever hold titles in multiple UFC weight divisions.
McGregor’s 2017 campaign has been a historic one, too, even if the Irishman has yet to fight in the Octagon. McGregor became the first fighter ever to co-promote with the UFC for his blockbuster boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather — a fight for which McGregor is believed to have earned hundreds of millions of dollars. McGregor is now demanding a similar co-promotion setup for his return to the UFC.
And St-Pierre, who knows a thing or two about achieving stardom in the UFC, is impressed with the impact “The Notorious” has been able to make on the fight game.
“What he’s been doing, he raised the bar for all of the fighters,” St-Pierre said. “And he does it for himself, but he does it for all of us at the same time. Even if maybe he doesn’t realize it, he does it for everybody and I think it’s good for the sport. It’s good for the fighters. It’s good for everybody.”