This past weekend at UFC 217 Georges St-Pierre made his legendary name even farther into the history books when he thrashed Michael Bisping to became only the fourth man to win belts in two different UFC weight divisions.
St-Pierre won the middleweight title by submitting the Bisping in the third round. Now GSP a former welterweight kingpin has returned to claim another belt, so whats next for him? However, UFC President Dana White has assured it’ll be a title-unifying bout with interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, while that’s not the only option GSP has.
According to UFC commentator Kenny Florian, speaking at Anik & Florian podcast (via MMA fighting) said as GSP won the match, what if he disappears from sports again as he accomplished everything in his late comeback.
“I think for Georges, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last fight. Does it get any better than this? What is he going to accomplish here that’s going to elevate his status that much more? Does he need to defeat the 205-pound champion, maybe fight Stipe Miocic? Those aren’t realistic things. Even going up to 186, everybody doubted him. ‘This is going to be too much. Michael Bisping has been more active; he’s a bigger guy.’ I don’t know if it gets better than this.
“I think there was something that Georges wanted to prove to himself. I really don’t think, as much as Georges wanted to get what he felt he deserved, but I don’t think it was necessarily about the money. This wasn’t a Georges St-Pierre saying ‘Man, my bank account is low. I really need to get some funds here.’ It wasn’t about that. Georges is fine on the money. I think more than anything else; he had something he needed to prove to himself. Being away for four years, I felt like he finished his career on top and wanted to come back and show everybody that in these days where USADA is kind of overlooking the sport, I want to come back and show what I can really do. At 170 pounds, he has already done it all. He wanted to do something different at 185 pounds and challenge himself. He did that against a phenomenal champion in Michael Bisping, and I think that this is probably his last fight.”
one of the most compelling option, GSP has in his menu is UFC lightweight champ Conor Mcgregor, who he could meet at welterweight. “Can he fight? Absolutely. He proved it after scored the middleweight belt. GSP is one of the best competitors, and if he wants to fight, he can beat Robert Whittaker.
“Obviously, there’s that Conor McGregor guy who might make things interesting, but I know for Georges he doesn’t really want to go down in weight too much. He feels like he’s already done it all at 170 pounds and he did it in an age where the welterweight division was just ridiculous, and I think going down against 155 pounds, I don’t know if he really feels Conor McGregor is a challenge, to be honest. Going against a much smaller guy and having the takedown skills that he has . . . He’s gone against a lot of other great strikers in his career, and I don’t think Conor McGregor is gonna be big enough or has the wrestling prowess to stop the takedowns of a Georges St-Pierre.”
With all the options available to GSP at this moment, St-Pierre is taking it easy and enjoying his victory. Who do you think he will fight next?