Coach Firas Zahabi says former two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre will eventually return to the octagon for a big fight and did not rule out Conor McGregor as an opponent.
St-Pierre became just the fourth fighter to win a title in different divisions after he returned from a four-year hiatus to submit Michael Bisping at UFC 217 on 4 November at Madison Square Garden and scores the middleweight champion.
GSP was obliged to unify the titles against Robert Whittaker next, who became the interim middleweight champion back in June. St-Pierre vacates the belt just 31 days after winning it at UFC 217.
However, “GSP” did not completely seem on board with the idea as he would later be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis a medical condition.
Since then, there has been widespread uncertainty as to whether the GSP will ever fight again.
St-Pierre longtime coach Zahabi thinks he will return for a big fight as while speaking to TSN over the weekend. (Via MMAFighting)
“I think Georges is gonna get better, get back in the gym, “He’s gonna feel his body out and see what he wants, what’s the most interesting, epic fight out there. Mayweather? [Conor] McGregor? We need a mega-fight.”
“Georges will come back for a big, exciting fight.”
Coach addresses the critics that those complaints shouldn’t apply to St-Pierre because he already paid his dues.
“I always tell people, if you’re criticizing Georges, do what he did,” Zahabi said. “Do what he did first, then criticize him. It’s not easy to do what he did. He defended the title over and over again. Lots of guys had their chance. Lots of guys had their chance. Get in line, make their way the way he did it. And when he did it he never complained about nobody. He did it without complaining about anybody.
“Has he helped grow the sport or hurt it? He’s helped grow it. So a lot of guys making bigger paydays and bigger purses, bigger bonuses, why? Because of the company and the great fighters, not just Georges, all these great fighters and the company. It’s a relationship. We’ve got to respect the company, we’ve got to respect all the fighters, you’ve got to respect all these big names making the way. You’re gonna see, in the future, these guys are gonna sign rookie contracts, first year in the UFC, million-dollar contracts. But why? Because of all the greats that came before.”
Do you guys think Georges St-Pierre will ever fight again? If yes who should be his next opponent?