UFC President Dana White is not a fan of former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Earlier this year St-Pierre signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and came out of retirement to fight then-UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. The fight went through several months of issues before finally taking place in early November last month.
In a great back-and-forth fight St-Pierre was finally able to land a huge hook that dropped the Englishman, before he locked in a rear-naked choke that rendered Bisping unconscious for the win and 185-pound title victory.
Under St-Pierre's contract it stated that if he won the middleweight title he could be contractually obligated to defend it. St-Pierre would then vacate the title citing a medical issue, promoting interim middleweight champion Robbert Whittaker to the official title holder.
UFC President Dana White noted that he knew all along what St-Pierre was planning on doing, and believes the former 170-pound kingpin never had any intention of defending the middleweight title to begin with.
In a recent interview with ESPN, White doubled down on those beliefs and also shut down any potential St-Pierre vs. Conor McGregor fight, that has been talked about frequently as of late, in the future (quotes via MMA Fighting):
"There is no status," White said. "I knew what he was doing. That's why I put that [stipulation] into his contract. We both knew what was going on.
"I don't know, man. I don't think the guy wants to fight. I think he jumped in, grabbed some cash and went back to Canada.
"He ain't fighting Conor McGregor," White said. "If he wants to come back, [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron Woodley or [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker is waiting for him.
"They're both waiting, if Georges wants to come back."
Even if a McGregor vs. St-Pierre fight would be allowed by White, "The Notorious One" has title obligations of his own, not having defended his 155-pound title in over a year. He is expected to defend against interim champ Tony Ferguson upon his Octagon return.
What are your thoughts on White shutting down rumors of a potential Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre fight down the road? Do you think we'll ever see St-Pierre return to fight inside the Octagon? And did the Canadian have no intention of ever defending the 185-pound title after defeating Bisping? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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