Chatri Sityodtong says GSP represents ONE Championship’s values of honor and respect.
Georges St-Pierre is recognized and lauded not only for his championship accolades but also his humble and down to earth demeanor.
As one of the greatest champions in UFC history, St-Pierre announced his return to the combat sports arena earlier this year and was expected to take on Michael Bisping for the middleweight title sometime in the Summer.
UFC president Dana White, however, called the fight off because GSP wanted to push the fight back to a later date. St-Pierre, though, contests that the UFC knew he wasn’t available to fight in the Summer due to a lingering eye injury.
With tensions high between St-Pierre and the UFC, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong capitalized on the situation and told Abhinav Kini of IBTimes UK that the Singapore-based promotion is interested in signing the Canadian star.
According to Sityodtong, who scoffed at the idea of signing combat sports megastar Conor McGregor, GSP represents the honorable values that appeal to the Asian MMA market.
“We are very selective,” Sityodtong said of the ONE Championship recruitment process. “Most UFC stars don’t resonate in Asia, so we are looking at stars with amazing skills but also the values that really connect with the Asian audience. We’d be interested in Georges St-Pierre. He’s a kind, gentle martial artist who truly represents the values we’re looking for.”
“He was under contract with the UFC,” he added. “If he was a free agent, then yes, he’s a martial artist and he truly represents our values.”
ONE Championship, whose most notable champions are ex-Bellator champ Ben Askren and former UFC talent Brandon Vera, is very unlikely to sign St-Pierre.
Although White called off GSP’s title bout against Bisping, the former welterweight champ is still interested in the fight, and ‘The Count’ believes they are still going to ‘get it on.’