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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre says he is not targeting a fight with Conor McGregor

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With UFC 216 in the books, all eyes in the MMA world can now turn in full to the biggest fight of the year, Georges St-Pierre’s challenging Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 217. St-Pierre is coming out of an almost four year long retirement to attempt to become only the fourth man to win titles in two weight divisions in the UFC. Should St-Pierre be successful, a host of intriguing options await him going forward including a fight against one of the other multi-division champions, Conor McGregor.

But while the prevailing rumors suggest St-Pierre is targeting a fight with McGregor, the man himself says that’s not true. Speaking with ESPN over the weekend, McGregor denied angling for a fight with the UFC lightweight champion, saying that his appearance at McGregor’s fight at UFC 196 – the event which kicked off these rumors – was due to former UFC owner Lorenzo Ferttita, not his own fight agenda.

“I showed up at the fight because Lorenzo Ferttita asked me to come and show up because my agent was in negotiations with the UFC,” said St-Pierre. “He wanted me to be there. I don’t know if he had something else behind his head, I was just there because of the meeting. I didn’t have any plan of doing anything towards Conor McGregor. We don’t compete in the same weight class.”

St-Pierre has said that he is returning to MMA because he wants to cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats in the sport. It’s easy to see how a fight with McGregor, while by far the most lucrative option available to him, wouldn’t bring the same level of historical significance career-wise as other options. For St-Pierre, the money is not enough to offset the fact that he would be picking on someone smaller than himself, which doesn’t add a lot to his legacy.

“Everything is possible but everybody is targeting Conor McGregor because the money. He’s the money fight. But I don’t challenge guys that compete in lower weight class divisions. For me, I don’t do that. I’m going up to fight Michael Bisping now. I’m looking up.”

St-Pierre and McGregor may not compete in the same division right now but St-Pierre spent the entirety of his career as a welterweight and McGregor currently has a pair of fights at the 170 pound weight limit. Moreover, even St-Pierre admits that the moneyweight division knows no bounds and that, while he’s focused on Bisping for the moment, a bout with McGregor could materialize down the line if the people want it.

“He’s an amazing fighter, it would be an amazing honor, but I don’t know. I don’t know what to say. If the fans want it and he wants it maybe it will happen but right now, I’m focused on Bisping.”

Georges St-Pierre faces Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217 on Nov. 4. in Madison Square Garden.


MUST-READ STORIES

UFC 216. Tony Ferguson wins the interim lightweight title and all the UFC results.

Bellator 184. Darrion Caldwell is the new champ and the rest of the Bellator results.

Dana. Dana White says Conor McGregor needs to fight Tony Ferguson next.

Says stuff. Dana White calls Demetrious Johnson the greatest fighter ever.

No fear. Francis Ngannou offered to fight Fabricio Werdum on hours notice.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 216 post-fight show.

Bellator highlights.

Rony Jason allegedly punching a woman.

A breakdown on why Ferguson left the arm on the opposite side.

Joanna doing a vlog series for UFC 217.


LISTEN UP

Severe MMA. UFC 216 recap and the greatness of Mighty Mouse.

Beatdown After the Bell. UFC 216 immediate reaction.

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction for UFC 216.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

It never gets old.

And the Rock giving him props.

Respect.

I appreciate all the support from everyone. I put my body on the line for those I love and I tried my best to leave it all out there in the cage. I said it before the fight, Tony Ferguson was the toughest fight of this division. I tried to step up and last night didn’t go my way, but I will be back more experienced and stronger than ever #25toLife

A post shared by MTP (@motownphenom) on Oct 8, 2017 at 8:37pm PDT

Also respect.

Fun police.

Good sport.

Godbeer’s statement on getting pulled.

Brooks wants a quick re-booking.

Unclear if Mickey is trolling here or not.

I changed MMA. More specifically the culture of MMA… For better✔️ or worse it’s a fact and I did it with “callouts”. Since I burst on the scene calling ppl out my colleagues have followed suit. For the past year every other week, every fight card, every couple days on social media = CALLOUT. Every post fight interview NOW we are waitin for it (“who’s he gonna call out”, “he should call out blah blah blah”) … Champs r callin ppl out on IG. I get called out every few months I trailblazed that I shoulda trademarked it… GALLOUT™… But for real I love it! So do the fans… This is just the FIRST way I changed the game at the highest level. And I’m just getting started… More reveals to come Ya welcome #GameChanger #TrendSetter #UFC217

A post shared by Mickey Gall (@mickeygall) on Oct 8, 2017 at 10:51am PDT

Not bad.

Had to repost this. hats off to whoever did it.

A post shared by Mikebisping (@mikebisping) on Oct 8, 2017 at 9:15pm PDT

Joanna with two belts.

Wkrotce Chciecie mnie zobaczyć w dwóch kategoriach ?? Soon Who wants to see me a two division champ? #JJChamp #JJChamp #strawweightqueen #ufc217

A post shared by Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannajedrzejczyk) on Oct 7, 2017 at 6:01pm PDT

No days off for Brandon Gibson it seems.

Sunday Funday with @sixgungibson : @allelbows

A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on Oct 8, 2017 at 3:31pm PDT

Damn.

Sage should 100% play Guile whenever they remake Street Fighter.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Julia Budd (10-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (10-6); Bellator 189, Dec. 1.

Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0) vs. Chris Honeycutt (10-1, 1 NC); Bellator 189, Dec. 1.

Yancy Medeiros (14-4, 1 NC) vs. Alex Oliveira (18-4-1, 12 NC); UFC 218, Dec. 2.


FINAL THOUGHTS

When the lights were brightest, in the biggest moment of his career, Demetrious Johnson casually busted out the greatest submission in MMA history. What a man and what a champion.

Hope y’all enjoyed UFC 216. We’ve got a slow week ahead of us but The MMA Hour is stacked today so give that a listen. Happy Monday and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL


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