Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre should tell the fans why he’s really come back to the UFC.
Georges St-Pierre’s MMA comeback coincided with the spectacular rise of Conor McGregor and the UFC’s shift to money fights, and that’s exactly why Tyron Woodley thinks the Canadian star has returned to the sport.
GSP, the former UFC welterweight champion, announced his return to the promotion earlier this year to cement his legacy as the greatest in the world.
It was initially decided that St-Pierre would challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, but UFC president Dana White scrapped that idea and said ‘Rush’ would return to the welterweight division to reclaim the belt he forfeited in 2013.
White flip-flopped again after Woodley’s latest title defense against Demian Maia, which set the record for the lowest number of recorded strikes in a five-round championship bout. The UFC head promoter says that St-Pierre will now fight ‘The Count’ at UFC 217 on November 4.
Woodley, 35, says GSP needs to be honest about his decision to come back to MMA and admit to the fans that it’s only for the ‘money’.
“I knew what he was coming back for,” Woodley explained Saturday on The Morning Wood Show, per MMA Fighting. “I knew he wasn’t coming back to do another run and do what he has already done, he already has a name engraved on the record books. He’s coming back because he said, ‘Hey you know what… Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and all these fighters are making all this money, so I want to get in on some of this money.’
“What George St-Pierre needs to do is just to be honest. You’re not back in this sport to take on the welterweights, prove that you’re back and that the king is back, you’re not back for that, man. You’re here for super fights, you’re here to make a lot of money, because you helped build the business model for pay-per-view and there’s no shame in that, but just be real.”
‘T-Wood’ recently had a spat with Dana White over his lackluster decision win over Maia but claims to have settled things in private. The current champ has been medically suspended for 180 days due to a torn labrum (shoulder injury).
UFC 217, which is expected to feature Bisping vs. St-Pierre on the main card, takes place on November 4 at Madison Square Garden, New York,