Georges St-Pierre, who held championship titles at both welterweight and middleweight, is considering adding yet another strap to his collection by dropping to lightweight, even if it’s a one-off like his submission win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217.
Deciding to make a run at 155 pounds was the easy part.
Woodley: GSP Dropping To 155 ‘Hugest B*tch Move On The Planet’The hard part was actually finding a suitable opponent and to date, St-Pierre has not been presented with a name that does something for his legacy. Rumors of a Nate Diaz fight started to heat up a few weeks back, but “Rush” insists that bout is a no-win situation.
From his conversation on the Joe Rogan podcast:
“If I win decisively, and it’s a war back and forth, people will say, ‘Ah, he sucks.’ If I get beat? Oh my God, forget it. For my legacy it’s the end of the work I put in. It’s finished. And I could have a bad day. I want to do something that … at 155, I never did it before. The title, or beating a certain guy that’s on the rise. It could be Khabib (Nurmagomedov), (or) if there’s another guy that is unbeatable. If I come back like, ‘Georges is never going to beat him.’ You say never, I’m going to love it. When Dana said I would never come back, it excited me. If it’s never been done before, and it means if I do it, that will excite me. There’s a lot of things that turn me on in life. It’s women, dinosaurs and this. That really makes me go crazy.”
Speaking of crazy...
The obvious choice for a St-Pierre comeback — at least in terms of pay-per-view (PPV) bucks— would be Conor McGregor, but “Notorious” lowered his stock by surrendering the division title earlier this year.
And let’s not forget that other baggage.
St-Pierre Admits to Poisoning Nick Diaz!As for Nurmagomedov, he’s expected to return to action later this year, though a definitive title contender has yet to be established. Not just because of the “Notorious” mess, but also because the rapidly-recovering Tony Ferguson is still at the top of the pecking order.
Still lots of pieces to the 155-pound puzzle.