After vacating the UFC middleweight title, Georges St-Pierre’s future in MMA has been uncertain. Now, just days after he gave up his second UFC belt, ‘Rush’ is linked to a clash with another two-weight world champion…

Way back when Georges St-Pierre was running the roost at welterweight, current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was just a teenager. When ‘The Notorious’ joined the UFC in 2013, GSP already had one foot out the door.

Against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, the Canadian fighting legend won a highly controversial decision. Many fans and pundits felt the challenger had done more than enough to win, but that was not the most shocking part of the story.

St-Pierre announced, to the disbelief of the MMA community, that he would vacate his undisputed welterweight championship. After dominating the division for the best part of 10 years, GSP was apparently done.

When he finally did come back at UFC 217 this past November, nobody knew what to expect.

Georges St-Pierre choked Michael Bisping out cold to win the UFC middleweight title…

St-Pierre’s Coach Looking For Mega McGregor/Mayweather Fight

‘Rush’ didn’t look stellar in his comeback, but it was certainly enough to pummel and choke Michael Bisping out of the top spot. Suddenly, a title unification bout with interim boss Robert Whittaker loomed.

Then, news emerged that St-Pierre was unsure of whether he wanted to compete at 170 pounds anymore. Later, GSP himself confirmed he was done at 185 pounds, gave up the belt and once again threw the MMA media into a tailspin.

This week, St-Pierre’s longtime Tristar coach and mentor Firas Zahabi said GSP’s career probably isn’t over just yet:

Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor are being linked to a fight sometime in 2018…

Could It Be?

“I think Georges is gonna get better, get back in the gym,” coach Firas Zahabi told TSN (via MMA Fighting). “He’s gonna feel his body out and see what he wants, what’s the most interesting, epic fight out there. Mayweather? McGregor? We need a mega-fight. Georges will come back for a big, exciting fight.”

McGregor? Maybe, but Mayweather is surely just a farcical concept. We’ve already seen how that played out for McGregor, and it surely wouldn’t be much different for St-Pierre, at least in a boxing ring.

A bloodied Georges St-Pierre fights Michael Bisping during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Noah K. Murray, USA TODAY Sports

Judging by St-Pierre’s comments in the octagon after his UFC 217 win, it was only a matter of time before he gave up the title:

“Martial arts is not about who’s got the biggest balls. Sorry for my language. It’s about technique, setting traps and intelligence. I was fighting a bigger man and I was trying to prove it tonight to all my fans.”

“Well, this is not really my weight,” St-Pierre said. “I did it for the challenge. There was a time in my career, I was too busy. The challengers were one after the other and I was too small to go up. Now I’m still welterweight size, but I decided to take a shot, because I put on some muscle mass. There’s a point that it’s too much, but now I’m at the point where it’s OK.”

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