Thompson says is now willing to fight his friend, Georges St-Pierre, for the UFC welterweight title.
Stephen Thompson may have had a change of heart over friend and former training partner, Georges St-Pierre.
Although ‘Wonderboy’ has formed a great bond with St-Pierre, the two-time UFC title challenger is willing to put his friendship on hold if it means he gets another crack at the welterweight belt.
GSP, the former welterweight kingpin, vacated the title after narrowly beating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. The Canadian star announced his return to the UFC earlier this year and was expected to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight strap in July. The fight was originally called off by UFC president Dana White, but St-Pierre is ‘positive’ things will go ahead.
If things don’t go as planned and GSP does end up returning to the welterweight division, Thompson says he’s willing to fight him for UFC gold.
“You know, I’m 34 years old, and I don’t think I have the time to wait,” Thompson told Submission Radio in a recent interview (h/t MMA Junkie). “You know, let’s say he does get that title. Question is, is he going to hold onto it? Is he going to move somewhere else? I don’t know. But my goal, and it’s something he knows, it’s always been to have that title, to win that title belt. So he is a very good friend of mine, and if that ever does happen, that’s something that I would have to talk to him about. Call him and say, ‘Listen, this is, you know, this is my goal. This is what’s happening. Do we want to do this or not?’ Blah blah blah. And mainly I think it would just kind of be up to him. I mean, he knows what my goals are. I don’t think he would be like, ‘You know what, to be honest, I don’t know.’
Thompson, who fought welterweight champ Tyron Woodley to a draw last year and lost via majority decision in the championship rematch, is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his dream of winning a UFC world title.
“Before my last Tyron fight he told me, ‘I have no interest fighting you. I’ve known you for a long time. You’re a good friend of mine. I have no interest in fighting you.’ And I was like, ‘All right, sweet.’ But then he was going up to 185 to fight Bisping. Now that I didn’t win, I’m still there and still it could be possible for me to get that title shot and fight for it again. But if he’s the champion, you know, that’s my goal, man. So it may happen.”
Thompson, 34, is the No. 2 ranked contender in the 170-pound division and is considered one of the best strikers in the sport. The Karate-based fighter is likely to fight the winner of Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 213.