GSP Explains How Defending UFC Title Is Harder Than Winning One

Georges St-Pierre believes defending an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title is more difficult than winning one. St-Pierre knows a thing or two about being a reigning UFC welterweight champion. “Rush” successfully defended the UFC gol…

Georges St-Pierre believes defending an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title is more difficult than winning one. St-Pierre knows a thing or two about being a reigning UFC welterweight champion. “Rush” successfully defended the UFC gold nine times before going on a hiatus. Upon his return, he challenged Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. St-Pierre captured […]

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Georges St-Pierre Explains Having No Interest In Anderson Silva Fight

Georges St-Pierre explains why he has no interest in fighting former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a superfight. Even though the potential of it happening is not the greatest, one can dream. Years ago, fight fans always wondered what would happen if the best man from one division faced off with the best from […]

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Georges St-Pierre explains why he has no interest in fighting former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a superfight.

Even though the potential of it happening is not the greatest, one can dream. Years ago, fight fans always wondered what would happen if the best man from one division faced off with the best from another division.

GSP spoke on The Luke Thomas Show on Sirius XM about this fight and his desire to return to the Octagon. He noted that at this stage in the game for him, he doesn’t have any interest in taking the Silva fight.

“The fight with Anderson Silva, there’s been a lot of talk,” St-Pierre said. “It’s been offered to me twice, earlier in my career, during my welterweight run. I don’t exactly remember when. I was doing my welterweight run and I had a talk with Dana and Lorenzo, The condition if I would make that fight was a catchweight. Because after my goal was to go back down to my initial weight class at 170. Also, I wanted to implement testing, which they didn’t have before. I was asking for VADA and back in the day they had issues. Something happened politically between the UFC and VADA. I don’t know what happened, but they were not interested in that.”

What’s Changed?

Both fighters have gone in separate ways after being at the top of their divisions years ago. GSP returned to competition in November 2017 after four years away from the sport. He scored a submission victory in the third round over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to win the middleweight title. Shortly after the fight, he had to vacate the title as he is dealing with colitis.

“The other time that happened, after I finished, I took a break with Johny Hendricks. Dana texted me asking if I want to fight Anderson Silva. But I didn’t want to fight nobody. I said no. I took four years off. Now things have changed. Silva has lost. Now it is not as interesting. There’s a lot more to lose than gain.”

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Dana White Doesn’t Think GSP Is Serious About Fighting Right Now

UFC President Dana White still isn’t sold on the dedication of Georges St-Pierre. White already expressed his doubts about the former Canadian welterweight champion prior to his return to the Octagon in November of last year. However, “GSP” returned to defeat Michael Bisping for the promotion’s middleweight title. Unfortunately, health concerns have prevented St-Pierre from […]

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UFC President Dana White still isn’t sold on the dedication of Georges St-Pierre.

White already expressed his doubts about the former Canadian welterweight champion prior to his return to the Octagon in November of last year. However, “GSP” returned to defeat Michael Bisping for the promotion’s middleweight title. Unfortunately, health concerns have prevented St-Pierre from returning to the cage since.

Not wanting to hold up the division, St-Pierre vacated the middleweight title, promoting then-interim champion Robert Whittaker to undisputed champ. Now, St-Pierre’s health seems to be progressing, so the Canadian could be gearing up for a return to the Octagon soon. St-Pierre knows he only has a few fights left in him before he decides to retire for good.

Because of that, the rest of the fights he accepts will be bouts that can add to his already amazing legacy. St-Pierre has already captured UFC gold in two weight classes. He has expressed interest in becoming the first-ever to do so in three. Fights against the likes of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov could be prospects for “Rush” at 155 pounds.

White Isn’t Buying 

However, UFC President Dana White’s stamp of approval would be required for that to happen, and that doesn’t seem likely. Speaking to MMA Junkie recently, White said he doesn’t believe the Canadian is serious about fighting right now:

“I don’t think Georges St-Pierre is looking to fight right now,” White said “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 took issue with St-Pierre retiring from the UFC initially in 2013, vacating the welterweight title without having lost it. He was once again furious when St-Pierre vacated the middleweight title when he returned four years later. The UFC boss is reluctant to take a chance that happens again a third time by granting St-Pierre a lightweight title opportunity:

“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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Anderson Silva: All GSP Does Is Run

Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre is a fight MMA fans have dreamed about for many years, especially when both legends were running roughshod over their respective divisions. And according to Anderson Silva, GSP is still running, but now in the oppo…

Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre is a fight MMA fans have dreamed about for many years, especially when both legends were running roughshod over their respective divisions. And according to Anderson Silva, GSP is still running, but now in the opposite direction: “That’s an interesting fight,” Silva told ESPN regarding a potential bout between […]

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Five Potential Fights To Be Thankful For In 2019

With today being Thanksgiving, we take a look to the future with five fights we should be thankful for – and that need to happen – in 2019. In 2018, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor made his return to the Octagon, Jon “Bones” Jones is tentatively back, and there are rumblings that Georges St-Pierre wants to […]

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With today being Thanksgiving, we take a look to the future with five fights we should be thankful for – and that need to happen – in 2019.

In 2018, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor made his return to the Octagon, Jon “Bones” Jones is tentatively back, and there are rumblings that Georges St-Pierre wants to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Life has been good for MMA fans lately, and it could get even better in 2019.

It’s one thing to have high-profile fighters on your roster, and it’s another thing altogether to book the big-time fights the fans want to see. To be fair, the UFC matchmakers are some of the best in the business. And more times than not they get it right.

That being said, there are times when you are left scratching your head wondering how some fights get made. Daniel Cormier’s recent title defense over Derrick Lewis comes to mind. Regardless, we take a look at five fights that need to happen in 2019. The list starts here, enjoy.

“DC” vs. Brock Lesnar

This is one of those fights I never knew I wanted to see until I did.

If Cormier does only have one fight left will it be the big payday he deserves in Lesnar? It looks that way, but in this crazy sport, you never know.

From a competitive standpoint, Lesnar probably doesn’t deserve an immediate title shot upon his return to the Octagon. He is 0-2 (1 NC) in his last three fights and hasn’t officially won a fight since 2010. Yes, since 2010 against Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Let that sink in.

Either way, I still believe this fight needs to happen in 2019. And with Dana White recently coming out and saying he hopes “DC” postpones retirement, this may not be the last fight Cormier finds himself in the new year.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio Believes He Can Finish Conor McGregor & ‘GSP’

Rising UFC welterweight prospect Santiago Ponzinibbio believes that he could finish both Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre inside the Octagon.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio is extremely confident after his knockout victory over Neil Magny this past weekend (Sat. November 17, 2018) – to say the least.

Ponzinibbio was able to finish Magny in the fifth round of their UFC Argentina main event battle. The victory earned him a higher ranking in the welterweight division’s top ten and knocked Magny out of the group as a whole. The Argentine is hoping his victory will be enough to warrant a UFC welterweight title opportunity.

Immediately after the victory, Ponzinibbio proceeded to call out division champion Tyron Woodley. However, the callouts apparently didn’t end there. Speaking with MMA Junkie after his big win, Ponzinibbio also named two more big names that he believes he can beat. Ponzinibbio said, given the opportunity, he thinks he can knockout both Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre:

“You give me Conor, I am a better striker than him. He’s really good at trash talk and he’s a really good businessman, but I’m a better fighter. This is different. I’m a better striker. I have better timing. I have better power. I’ll finish him, for sure. I’ll finish McGregor.

“I’ll finish GSP – GSP is old. He’s a good guy. I like him. I’m a big fan. But I’m better. I’ll finish him. I’m ready for both. I’m an exciting fighter. I know I’m ready. I know I’ll finish Tyron.

“I know I’ll knock him out, but I need the opportunity. If you give me the fight with GSP, I’ll knock him out for sure. I’ll knock anybody at 170 pounds if you give me the opportunity.”

McGregor competes at lightweight, but has competed at 170 pounds before when he fought Nate Diaz twice during their feud with one another. As for “GSP,” he hasn’t competed since defeating Michael Bisping for the middleweight title last year, which he soon vacated after winning it. Ponzinibbio might not get any of the three men he wants next – Woodley, McGregor, or ‘GSP’ – but he certainly has a bright future in the welterweight division.

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