Dana White Doesn’t Think Georges St-Pierre Can Make 155-Pounds
Former welterweight and middleweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre has gone the whole of 2018 without competing as he’s still unsure about his fighting future, but if he appears to make a comeback, he wouldn’t be getting a title fight.
That’s according to UFC head honcho Dana White who said on Friday if GSP wants a fight against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, then he’s going to have to earn that opportunity.
White said, many top contenders vying for a title shot against Khabib and the idea of St-Pierre jump the line for a title fight doesn’t work, as he never competed in 155-pound division not sure if he can make weight for that class.
“How does Georges St-Pierre jump over all the guys fighting in that division to face Khabib (Nurmagomedov)?” White told ESPN. “Just because all of a sudden he wants to come out and fight this guy — he doesn’t get to do that. If Georges St-Pierre is serious, listen, I’ll give you a fight with one of these guys in the top five. If you win, you’ll be in position for a title shot. We don’t even know if Georges St-Pierre can make 155 pounds. You know what I mean?”
White’s comments stem from when St-Pierre came out of four years of hiatus to fight for middleweight title against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 last year and went on to win the title.
Then roughly a month after relinquishing the 185-pound title citing ulcerative colitis that he suffered while putting on too much weight to prepare for that fight.
Since then he didn’t step foot inside the Octagon, and on numerous occasions, St-Pierre said the only fight that entices him to make a comeback that’ll add a legacy to his storied career. But he did admit that if he does return in 2019, it’d have to be against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is coming of the biggest win of his career at UFC 229. He even said if given a chance he’s confident that he could make 155-pound for a showdown.
It’s tough to say that St-Pierre will get a title shot against Khabib, as Russian is awaiting further suspension and fine from Nevada State Athletic Commission for his role in UFC 229 post-fight melee that could put him on the sideline for an undetermined amount of time.
The only worthy contender that deserves a shot against Khabib’s title is former interim title champion Tony Ferguson who’s currently riding on 11 win streak. Of all the things considered, St-Pierre may try some other contender in the meantime.
Who do you think St-Pierre should fight next before he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov?