Georges St. Pierre's trainer names two ideal matchups for the UFC star

Three-time UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre recently announced his return to the sport, but an opponent has yet to be chosen for the legendary fighter.

The 35-year-old Canadian, who sports a 25-2 career record, hasn’t fought for more than three years.

As he returns to the sport with a 12-match winning streak, who GSP will fight in his return bout is drawing speculation from all corners of the fighting world.

According to, St. Pierre’s trainer, Firas Zahabi, already has a couple of big-name opponents in mind for his champion fighter:

“My ideal scenario, I don’t know if it’s still up for grabs, but I was really happy when there was a buzzing of Bisping or McGregor,” Zahabi told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I thought those two would be two epic fights. One, he would go a little lower [in weight]; one, he would go a little higher. But those are really, really intriguing fights. Of course, Tyron Woodley, he’s the [welterweight] champion and et cetera, but he has his fight with ‘Wonderboy’ [Thompson]. And if ‘Wonderboy’ wins, then they’ll have a trilogy. And of course we don’t want to fight with ‘Wonderboy,’ we go way back together.

“So I think the welterweight title is not really something he (St-Pierre) is thinking about right now because of the current landscape, but there is always the 185-pound belt. And of course, McGregor is such a mega-star that if you put those two on a main event, I don’t think that anybody in the world wouldn’t watch that. I think that even non-MMA fans would watch that. But again, I don’t do the match-ups, I don’t do the managing, I’m just talking as a trainer.”

Zahabi is definitely right that a St. Pierre-McGregor matchup would be a huge draw for the UFC world, as would a fight between GSP and Michael Bisping.

However, UFC boss Dana White pumped the brakes on a potential St. Pierre-McGregor fight according to the Los Angeles Times, saying it’s still way too early in the process to start thinking of possible opponents for GSP:

“It could be the winner [of the March 4 welterweight title fight] between Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, or it could be [middleweight champion] Michael Bisping,” White said. “Georges has also talked about fighting at 155 pounds [lightweight]. He says he can make the weight.

“But I have no idea when he’s going to fight right now. We don’t have anything booked and literally haven’t talked to anybody about it.”

Until a matchup is finalized, it’s likely that speculation will continue to run rampant about GSP’s next opponent. That will add one more rumor to the mill surrounding McGregor.

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