But UFC President Dana White isn’t convinced the former welterweight and middleweight champion actually wants to fight. And if he does, it’s only under circumstances favorable to himself.
“I don’t think Georges St-Pierre is looking to fight right now,” White told MMAjunkie on Thursday. “You’ll hear him go out and do interviews: ‘I’ll fight Conor’ and stuff like that. But that’s not realistic. I think if Georges sees a fight that he likes, he’ll call it out, but he’s not looking to dive back in there anytime soon.”
White repeatedly has called into question St-Pierre’s desire to fight, even before the once-dominant champion returned from a four-year layoff to capture the middleweight title from Michael Bisping in November 2017.
When St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) went back into retirement, citing health issues, White slowly resumed his former stance, diminishing St-Pierre’s flirtations with a comeback.
Recently, St-Pierre has eyed Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) as the most interesting option of an opponent to welcome his return. He said a fight with the UFC lightweight champion would be the best for his legacy.
But White stands firm on his position that he won’t allow St-Pierre another chance to take home a belt and leave the sport.
“The reality is this: The guy won the 170-pound championship, never lost it, gave it up,” White said. “Won the 185-pound championship, gave it up. I’m not going to have him come in to fight at 155 to give it up and not defend it. No.”
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