Dana White Has Shut Down Georges St. Pierre’s Dream of Becoming the UFC’s First Triple Champion… 

Dana White loves money more than anything in the world. So when Georges St. Pierre said that he wants to fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagamedov vs Conor McGregor, you would have expected his eyes to light up with dollar signs. However, it seems like the UFC president isn’t at all enthusiastic about the Canadian fighting at lightweight.

Current lightweight champion Khabib will defend his title for the first time against Conor McGregor – who was stripped of the same belt for inactivity – on October 6, in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena. It’s predicted to sell over 2 million pay-per-views and could be the biggest MMA fight of all time.

It’s no surprise then that GSP believes that fighting the winner is the best way to enhance his legacy, while simultaneously making a bucketload of cash. However, after vacating his last two divisions, the UFC is reluctant to give him another shot.

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Triple Champion

If you’re an MMA fan you know who Georges St. Pierre is. Arguably the greatest UFC fighter of all time, he is the most successful welterweight champion in the promotion’s history. He took a career hiatus in 2013, returning last November to fight Michael Bisping at middleweight for the 185lb title.

St. Pierre won the belt and became one of only five double champions in the company’s history. Only Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier have held two belts simultaneously. ‘Rush’ relinquished the belt a few weeks later as he didn’t want to hold up the division while he recovered from ulcerative colitis.

Georges St. Pierre fights Michael Bisping. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray, USA TODAY Sports.

Too Risky

Right now, the UFC believes it is too risky to hand GSP a shot at lightweight. That’s a massive weight cut he’d have to go through to make 155. They’d prefer him to fight Anderson Silva instead. Dana White told MMA Junkie:

“Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen. He gave up the 170-pound belt, he gave up the 185-pound belt. I mean it’s like – no. Pick a division. We haven’t talked, but it sounds like we will. Toronto makes sense. Toronto wouldn’t be bad.”

UFC 231 will take place on December 8 in Toronto. It would obviously make sense for the Canadian to fight in his home country, where he is the face of MMA. It is believed that the UFC was pushing to get him to headline at UFC 230 in New York, where Nate Diaz takes on Dustin Poirier in the co-main event. That’s unlikely at this point.

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Possible

It’s worth bearing in mind that Dana White blatantly lies to media sometimes and often changes his mind. Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather was never going to happen, remember?

GSP v Khabib/McGregor is without a doubt the most lucrative fight that the company could make in the near future. Especially if it’s McGregor. It would be a clash between two generations of mixed martial artist and you can 100% guarantee that the UFC hasn’t closed the book on this one.

The chance for a triple champion is also too good an opportunity to miss out on. Imagine the marketing opportunities they could get out of it? You haven’t heard the last about this, no matter what Uncle Dana says.

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