What’s next for Georges St-Pierre?
Now that “Rush” has defied the odds and captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title, which came after four years of inactivity, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community wants to know where the former 170-pound kingpin will compete next.
St-Pierre is contractually obligated to defend his middleweight title against interim straphanger Robert Whittaker; however, there are no guarantees the French-Canadian fighter will stick around after sucking wind in the heavier weight class.
Reigning welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley would welcome a St-Pierre showdown, but he would have to convince promotion president Dana White to ignore the winner of this fight, expected to produce the next title contender.
There’s also talk of a Conor McGregor super fight, as the 155-pound kingpin is no stranger to the welterweight division after splitting a pair of bout with Nate Diaz. But former UFC fighter and current UFC on FOX analyst Kenny Florian doesn’t see that as much of a challenge.
“Obviously, there’s that Conor McGregor guy who might make things interesting but I know for Georges he doesn’t really want to go down in weight too much. He feels like he’s already done it all at 170 pounds and he did it in an age where the welterweight division was just ridiculous, and I think going down against 155 pounds, I don’t know if he really feels Conor McGregor is a challenge to be honest. Going against a much smaller guy and having the takedown skills that he has. He’s gone against a lot of other great strikers in his career, and I don’t think Conor McGregor is gonna be big enough or has the wrestling prowess to stop the takedowns of a Georges St-Pierre.”
Besides, it would be flat-out disrespectful (according to this guy).
Like St-Pierre, the world is waiting for McGregor to decide his next move. “Notorious” insists he will “legitimize” the lightweight titles — shared with interim champion Tony Ferguson — but no contracts have been signed while the Irishman ups his demands.
Considering St-Pierre was hospitalized for damage incurred at UFC 217, thanks to the piercing elbows of Michael Bisping, it will probably be several weeks before “Rush” starts talking about his next fight.
Assuming one exists.