Will We Ever See Georges St. Pierre Step into an Octagon Again? It’s a Question that Nobody Seems to Answer… Now World-Renowned Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach Has Had His Say on the Matter…
Georges St. Pierre is, without a doubt, the greatest UFC welterweight of all time. Sorry Tyron Woodley, but it’s just the truth. The Montreal native is also arguably the greatest UFC fighter ever. He reigned supreme over his division, with 9 consecutive title defences, and then returning after a four-year hiatus to snatch the middleweight title from Michael Bisping.
After struggling with ulcerative colitis, GSP decided to vacate the middleweight title instead of holding up the division. Since then we’ve been in the dark about what his plans are. Rumours of a move down to lightweight have proved unfounded, while there has been speculation he would fight for a 165lb title if it came into being.
Now Freddie Roach has had his say. The world-renowned boxing coach was part of St.Pierre’s camp for the Bisping fight and is better placed than most to say what the Canadian should do next. Two words: Conor McGregor.
Roach is a legendary figure in the boxing world. Manny Pacquaio is one of his star pupils, while Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chaves Jr. and James Toney have all worked with him. He’s also an incredibly inspirational figure for his ability to control his debilitating Parkinson’s Disease. When asked by Brendan Schaub on the Below the Belt podcast what GSP was thinking of doing next, he had this to say:
“I think one more. Just one.”
“The Irish boy. He’s got a big mouth.”
One of the biggest talking points in MMA in 2019 is whether or not the UFC will finally create the elusive 165lb division. If it does materialize, Georges St. Pierre v Conor McGregor would be an insane title fight to book. Michael Bisping has said on his podcast ‘Believe You Me’ that he believes Donald Cerrone will fight McGregor for that belt.
However, this would have a much better narrative, as both men would have the chance to become the UFC’s first three weight world champion. Roach acknowledged that this was what St. Pierre was thinking. Their only problem is Dana White isn’t happy with GSP winning and running. He said:
“We’ll make the weight. Georges is on a new diet; it’s doing really great. We wanted to prove that we could go up in the higher weight division, and we did that. Then Dana got mad that we dropped that title. We want to go the lower weight now and be a three-time world champion, three weight divisions.”
Another very interesting option would be to offer Khabib Nurmagamedov a title shot against ‘Rush.’ The Russian champion has promised to stay inactive until his teammates complete their one-year bans. However, would he really be able to refuse the chance of a second title, in a fight against a man he’s always wanted to fight?
Especially if the UFC tells him Conor McGregor will get that shot if he doesn’t take it…