Finally set to make his return to the UFC after a period of inactivity, former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre has some major targets to chase across multiple weight classes in the promotion. With a record of 25 wins and 2 losses, St-Pierre left the UFC in 2013 on a nine fight winning streak. Still training hard while away from the octagon, St-Pierre has now re-signed with the UFC and is ready to show that he still has what it takes to be a major draw.
McGregor has mentioned in the past that he would be interested in a super fight with Georges St-Pierre who is a former UFC Welterweight Championship holder. The two would likely meet inside the octagon at either a catchweight or at lightweight, and the bout would no doubt shatter any record previously set by the UFC.
UFC on FOX analyst Kenny Florian broke down the fight on “Anik and Florian Podcast“, calling it the biggest fight in UFC history if it were to happen:
“Without a doubt, that’s the biggest fight in UFC history right there. You look at Georges St-Pierre and what he brings to the table. He was pretty consistent at around one million pay-per-view buys is what I was hearing. And we know what Conor McGregor is bringing in, he’s past that right now. Imagine a 2 million buy pay-per-view in the UFC between those two. I think that’s a very realistic thing. And with the way the UFC has been doing things, they haven’t been waiting around. They have been trying to go for the big game kill right away. They been trying to put together the biggest fights they can, as quickly as possible. That might be the fight. I would love to see it.”
St-Pierre’s training partner Rory MacDonald may have moved from the UFC to Bellator, but is still training with the mixed martial arts superstar almost daily at Firas Zihabi’s Tristar Gym in the lead up to his battle with Paul Daley in London. MacDonald believes St-Pierre would easily beat UFC lightweight champion and UFC super star Conor McGregor with ease, and that he would be able to defeat middleweight champion Michael Bisping in similar fashion.
“I see Georges fighting the way he has always fought, he can do all the new things he has learned, but when it is time to fight he applies his strengths. He comes out, he puts you on your back and he grounds and pounds you or does his stuff on his feet. I don’t see or expect him changing too much besides being healthier and ready again to go, mentally,” said MacDonald in an interview with The Sun.
“Bisping right now seems like a good fit and I think Georges wins that fight. I am a little bit biased, obviously, but I will be picking Georges for that. I also think he wins the Conor fight and not just because he is bigger. His style wins the fight. Conor is dangerous, he has some wicked boxing and take-down defence, but Georges is another animal. When he gets a hold of you, you have nowhere to go, and I don’t see many people being able to beat that.”
Rory MacDonald wasn’t the only person gunning for a superfight with McGregor, Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi wants Georges St-Pierre’s return to the UFC to start with a bang.
“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
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