UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has an interesting name in mind for former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre to return to fight in the Octagon.
That opponent would be UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Plans for St-Pierre’s next fight are on hold as the former UFC middleweight champion is suffering from colitis and will be out of action indefinitely, according to UFC President Dana White.
GSP overcame all of the odds in this fight as he recovered from ACL surgery and took 4 years away from the sport as well.
It was a storybook night for the UFC star, who picked up a third-round submission win over Michael Bisping in the main event of the UFC 217 PPV (pay-per-view) event in New York at Madison Square Garden to win the UFC middleweight title. This win earned him the right to be called a two-division champion.
St-Pierre will need time to decide if he would return to the Octagon in what he described as a “life-changing decision.”
As seen in the past, McGregor usually gets what he wants when he demands it. McGregor has not been seen in the world famous Octagon since last November at UFC 205 when he won the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez. McGregor then fought in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor knows how to use the media to his advance as he can twist a narrative in his favor and put pressure on the UFC to make a move.
“Georges could have possibly fought me right after Demian Maia did,” Woodley said last week to MMA Fighting. “Georges could have fought me before Demian Maia. Georges could have fought me after Michael Bisping. Georges does not want to fight me.
And I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to fight me if I was him, either. He’s already done what he needs to do in the sport. He’s already captured two different titles in two different divisions. He’s made a fortune in mixed martial arts. He has nothing to prove.
Does it make a lot of sense for him to come in and take on a very challenging, very hard-punching, fast, explosive guy who just so happens to have the best takedown defense in the history of our sport? Maybe not. I’m just that guy right now. I’m on the top and he’s had his time and I don’t think he wants to fight me.”
“I think Conor is the fight that’ll bring him out,” Woodley said. “A smaller opponent. One hard punch, straight left that he can predict and get ready for. The takedowns are gonna be there all day for him. So I think a Conor McGregor fight is gonna provide a f*cking fortune when it comes down to money. I think that’s the fight that he’s gonna try to do.”
“I think Conor would come back to fight Nate [Diaz] or Georges,” Woodley said. “I think Georges would come back to fight Conor. Outside of that … I don’t think Conor wants to fight me, I don’t think Georges wants to fight me.
Once again, the same thing I’m saying about the guys in my division. They don’t wan to help bring me up. They know if they fight me, it’s a big risk, there’s a chance I’m gonna beat them. And then I’m gonna burst into stardom beating either one of those guys. I can’t force them to fight, but I would love to fight versus Conor or Georges St-Pierre, my No. 1 choice right now.”
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