There has been a lot of speculation over the past year of a potential superfight between current UFC middleweight champion and former welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, taking on UFC lightweight champion and mixed martial arts (MMA) mega-star Conor McGregor.
Before the days of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre (opposite Anderson Silva) served as the big names in the sport of MMA. St-Pierre absolutely dominated his competition inside the Octagon and established himself as the pound-for-pound greatest fighter on the planet.
"Rush" ultimately made the decision to walk away from the sport after taking home a controversial split decision win against Johny Hendricks to retain his title back in 2013. After spending several years away from the sport, names such as McGregor and Rousey began to run the show.
McGregor has a number of accomplishments in the UFC; including downing legendary featherweight champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds, becoming the first dual-weight champion in UFC history, winning two titles in different weight classes during his UFC run, cultivating an epic rivalry with Nate Diaz at welterweight, and of course crossing over to the boxing world to face Floyd Mayweather.
St-Pierre returned to the UFC earlier this summer after signing a multi-fight deal with the promotion. He took on Michael Bisping earlier this month in his middleweight debut in which he challenged for the division's title.
After a great back-and-forth contest, St-Pierre landed a hellacious hook that planted Bisping down which allowed him to sink in the rear-naked choke. Bisping was rendered unconscious and St-Pierre was crowned the new middleweight champ.
With interim 185-pound champ Robert Whittaker looming in the shadows, many have speculated as to whether or not they believe St-Pierre will defend his title against the New Zealander.
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman recently spoke to ESPN regarding the matter, and claimed he doesn't think St-Pierre will defend his belt against Whittaker. This leaves the division in a bit of a funk.
Weidman also said that the UFC would especially be selling out if they book a superfight between St-Pierre and Conor McGregor - only further holding up the middleweight division (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
"You have 'GSP' possibly fighting Whittaker, but no one really believes that's going to happen -- even though Dana White is swearing up and down about it,” Weidman said.
“There's just no certainty about who's going to be champion in the next year in the UFC.”
"Who am I going to be able to take the belt from? I guarantee you it's not gonna be 'GSP.'
"Or if [the UFC] really sells out, Conor McGregor.”
What are your thoughts on Weidman's displeasure on a potential Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor superfight? Do you think this is actually a possibility for the men's next bouts inside the Octagon? And is this a fight that you'd be interested in seeing happen? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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