Tyron Woodley on Georges St-Pierre: ‘I Think I’ve Surpassed Him’

Tyron Woodley believes he has surpassed Georges St-Pierre’s legacy at welterweight and wants to prove it. St-Pierre is known as the most dominant welterweight in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). On Nov. 4, he will challenge Michael Bisping for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title at UFC 217. Woodley is the reigning […]

Tyron Woodley believes he has surpassed Georges St-Pierre’s legacy at welterweight and wants to prove it. St-Pierre is known as the most dominant welterweight in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). On Nov. 4, he will challenge Michael Bisping for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title at UFC 217. Woodley is the reigning […]

Tyron Woodley on Georges St-Pierre: ‘I Think I’ve Surpassed Him’

Tyron Woodley believes he has surpassed Georges St-Pierre’s legacy at welterweight and wants to prove it. St-Pierre is known as the most dominant welterweight in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). On Nov. 4, he will challenge Michael Bisping for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title at UFC 217. Woodley is the reigning […]

Tyron Woodley believes he has surpassed Georges St-Pierre’s legacy at welterweight and wants to prove it. St-Pierre is known as the most dominant welterweight in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). On Nov. 4, he will challenge Michael Bisping for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title at UFC 217. Woodley is the reigning […]

Patrick Cummins Posts Pic Of Disgusting ‘Mutant’ Staph Infection

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) may have come under fire recently for allowing Kevin Lee to compete at October 7’s UFC 216 with an obvious staph infection, but the state of New York won’t be having any similar problems with light heavyweight Patrick Cummins. Cummins announced on social media (via MMA Fighting) that he had […]

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) may have come under fire recently for allowing Kevin Lee to compete at October 7’s UFC 216 with an obvious staph infection, but the state of New York won’t be having any similar problems with light heavyweight Patrick Cummins.

Cummins announced on social media (via MMA Fighting) that he had acquired a ‘mutant’ staph infection that was so resilient even IV antibiotics would not kill it, making it impossible for him to make it to his scheduled bout against Corey Anderson at November 4’s UFC 217 from New York City. The infection was so bad his foot swelled up to almost twice normal size.

Check it out here:

It’s a significant setback for ‘Durkin,’ who rebounded from two TKO losses to Glover Teixeira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to win decisions over Gian Villante and Jan Blachowicz in his last two bouts.

In a division as talent-starved as light heavyweight, title contention is truly only a few wins away, but Cummins will obviously need his foot to go back to normal size before he can even consider a return.

Based on the toughness he’s displayed in the octagon since debuting as a late replacement for Rashad Evans in 2014, he should be back sooner than later.

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Tyron Woodley Goes Off On Potential Georges St-Pierre-Conor McGregor Bout

Some people do not like the new era that the UFC is currently in. It’s all about making money fights that define top-tier stars rather than becoming a champion to become the next star. UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is something of a throwback since winning the title at UFC 201 last July. Since becoming […]

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Some people do not like the new era that the UFC is currently in. It’s all about making money fights that define top-tier stars rather than becoming a champion to become the next star.

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is something of a throwback since winning the title at UFC 201 last July. Since becoming the champion, Woodley has defended the belt three times, each time against the top-ranked contender.

It’s not that Woodley hasn’t tried to chase down money fights because he has. If you recall, just hours after winning the title Woodley began calling out Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, and Nick Diaz but those fights have evaded him.

St-Pierre is making his return to the octagon after an almost four-year layoff, but instead of attempting to reclaim his title, St-Pierre is moving up a weight class to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title at UFC 217.

On the most recent edition of his The Morning Wood Show podcast (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting), the champ doubled down on his assertions.

“Some guys have medium speed, medium power, good wrestling, good attacks. I’ve been blessed to have maximum speed, maximum explosion, maximum power, and then [Din Thomas] and Duke [Roufus] have helped me add the other stuff, economy of motion, knowing when to explode, when not to explode, how to fight five rounds. . .

“They don’t want them problems, man. He had a chance to fight me, and he said no. Georges has been away for three years, almost four. By the time he gets in there, it’s gonna be just a few days shy of four years, so the sport has caught up. Whatever advantage he had, whatever degree of separation he created by being such a great martial artist, people have played catchup. I think I’ve surpassed him. He was a person I looked up to but skill for skill, mindset, explosion, power, wrestling ability, timing, strategy, all those things, I feel like I’ve surpassed Georges and that’s why I want to go out there to fight him and prove it.”

Rumors have been running rampant that St-Pierre and his team have the UFC lightweight champion in their sights as the next possible opponent for “GSP” after the middleweight title fight. It should be noted that St-Pierre has denied the rumors for his part though he did not rule it out entirely.

It’s safe to say that if GSP wins at UFC 217 then a McGregor call out becomes odd as the most obvious weight for that fight to happen at would be 170 pounds due to the fact that cGregor has fought there twice before

“No, that’s a disrespect to me. [St-Pierre] probably [will call out McGregor], but he’s gonna have to be honest with the fans and say, ‘I’m here for money.” And that’s okay. There’s no shame in that. . . Just know I’m gonna call him out on that. Win, lose, or draw, I’m gonna want to fight the winner of that fight, Bisping or Georges. Then I’m going to want to come back and see all this fresh new talent in the welterweight division and I’m gonna want to show them a lesson too.”

“He’s smart. He’s a PPV king. He already did what he needed to do in the welterweight division. Win or lose, it’s not gonna do anything to tarnish his career against Bisping and also he wants to make money.”

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GSP and Michael Bisping Drop Puck at Hockey Game, Smack Talk Each Other on Ice

UFC 217 is coming down the pipe pretty quickly, and headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre have indulged in quite a press tour in preparation for the Madison Square Garden showdown.
This week the duo headed north of the border to St-Pierre’s …

UFC 217 is coming down the pipe pretty quickly, and headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre have indulged in quite a press tour in preparation for the Madison Square Garden showdown.

This week the duo headed north of the border to St-Pierre’s home country of Canada and—obviously—spent some time paying their respects to the country’s national winter sport of hockey.

After a heated staredown in Toronto that led to some pushing and St-Pierre terrifying a child backstage with his liberal use of foul language, the pair took their hostilities to an even more public venue on Saturday: the ceremonial puck drop prior to St-Pierre’s hometown Montreal Canadiens facing off against their historic rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

UFC President Dana White hit the ice first, followed by Bisping. Predictably the raucous Montreal crowd vociferously rained boos down on the UFC middleweight champion before St-Pierre appeared to a hero’s welcome and standing ovation.

A former UFC welterweight champion, GSP fought for the strap four times in his hometown and went 4-0 there, most memorably stopping Matt Serra at UFC 83 in the promotion’s first-ever visit to the French center of Canada.

Following the welcome and the puck drop, which White took control of, Bisping and St-Pierre squared off in one of the more unusual settings ever to provide a backdrop for such a happening. With players from both teams lined up on their respective blue lines and 20,000 rabid fans boiling over around them, the fighters themselves in street clothes while Bisping brandished his world title, they struck their poses.

Just as they had in Toronto, the sides each took a turn jaw-jacking before things were broken up, and the publicity run rolled on.

The time for talk will be over on November 4 when they throw down, but for now, check out the video below.

     

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Georges St. Pierre Discusses Next Fight After UFC 217

We are now just a few weeks away from the long awaited return of Georges St. Pierre After scoring a highly controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks to retain his welterweight title at UFC 167 in 2013, St. Pierre said that he needed to step away from the sport of mixed martial arts. Many, […]

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We are now just a few weeks away from the long awaited return of Georges St. Pierre

After scoring a highly controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks to retain his welterweight title at UFC 167 in 2013, St. Pierre said that he needed to step away from the sport of mixed martial arts. Many, however, didn’t expect the layoff to last very long, but it has indeed spanned four years.

“Rush” will next take on middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017 at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. At 36 years of age, St. Pierre could still very well have a few fights left in him, but he’s admitted that he’ll retire for good if he comes up short against Bisping.

And if he doesn’t? Well then he’ll have to defend the 185-pound title against interim champion Robert Whittaker. Many have suspected that St. Pierre will not defend the title if he’s victorious at UFC 217, but it appears to be required that he do so in his contract:

“In my contract, it’s Robert Whittaker. But, Dana is the boss, so he decides what will be next.”

As we often see, however, anything can happen in MMA and especially in the UFC. With the UFC looking to put on the most lucrative fights possible, GSP’s future could certainly involve opponents not named Whittaker.

One fight that he’s often asked about is a potential clash between him and lightweight champion Conor McGregor. It’s unclear how realistic that fight is, but St. Pierre and McGregor represent two of the biggest stars in the history of the sport.

Do you expect St. Pierre to take on Whittaker if he becomes the middleweight champion at UFC 217?

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