Georges St-Pierre will probably return to the UFC one day but he wouldn't have his eyes set on a title shot, according to Rory MacDonald.
The two men are good friends and training partners, and while in the past that has lead to lengthy feuds (see Jon Jones and Rashad Evans), they've agreed not fight each other. With MacDonald being announced as the new number one contender, that means St-Pierre won't have any interest in the title.
Filling a giant's shoes
With his title shot for next year confirmed, MacDonald has the chance to fill the void that St-Pierre has left and become only the third UFC champion in history.
St-Pierre is arguably the greatest welterweight and overall fighter of all time, and his fights in Canada were huge money earners for the UFC who will be looking to replicate that success.
So much so that MacDonald will be getting his title shot in his home country of Canada, and it's rare to see a fighter with the home crowd advantage.
He has a 12-1 fighting record in Canada as well, so the support is clearly a huge boost for him.
And if he wins? Well MacDonald doesn't see that being a problem for St-Pierre.
"I would assume so," MacDonald said when asked if he thinks St-Pierre will come back. "It doesn't mean he has to fight for the championship. He would respect my position if I was holding the belt."
'Common sense' not to fight each other
MacDonald admitted in the same interview that the topic of fighting one another hasn't arisen between the two, but he expects that's just down to common sense.
"I don't mind about the questions being compared to him or not," MacDonald said. "I don’t like the questions about fighting. I find that somewhat stressful and an unnecessary pressure that I constantly have to answer."
"It's just kind of common sense [that we won't fight each other]." He added.
He shouldn't be too hopeful though because those questions are only going to keep on cropping up, especially if he wins the title next year and St-Pierre wants to return.