Tristar Gym Founder and trainer Firas Zahabi recently revealed that only an exciting bout could attract Georges St. Pierre back into the Octagon and also pointed that one potential match could be with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
It will be too early, as said by the UFC President Dana White. Talking to ESPN, White told:
He ain't fighting Conor McGregor. If he wants to come back, [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron Woodley or [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker is waiting for him. They're both waiting if Georges wants to come back.
Honored as the greatest welterweight champion of all-time, St. Pierre returned from a four-year interval and defeated Michael Bisping to conquer the middleweight title with a third-round submission at UFC 217 on Nov. 4.
— Nick Kalikas (@FightOdds) November 5, 2017
He then quit the title nearly one month later mentioning the health issues due to ulcerative colitis. Interim 185-pound titlist Whittaker was introduced as the undisputed champion and will take against Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221.
Both St. Pierre and White approved that the fighter was fairly committed to holding the middleweight title if he got the victory at UFC 217. However, White offered no update on the future of the Canadian star.
White further told:
There is no status. I knew what he was doing. That's why I put [a mandatory title defense] into his contract. We both knew what was going on. I don't know, man. I don't think the guy wants to fight. I think he jumped in, grabbed some cash and went back to Canada.
Prior to facing Bisping, St. Pierre directed the chance of a match with McGregor, saying it would be “an honor” to meet the Irish star. However, “Rush” also said he doesn’t challenge competitors who fight in lower weight divisions. He said:
He’s an amazing fighter and it would be an amazing honor. I don’t know what to say. If the fans want it and he wants and whoever wants it, maybe it will happen.