GSP: McGregor not the guy to fight legacy wise

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Georges St-Pierre is the greatest welterweight in MMA history. When he returned after a four-year break and won the middleweight belt by tapping out Michael Bisping, he became a candidate for G.O.A.T. The obvious fight is vs. lightweight champion Conor McGregor, ideally after Notorious earns some belt. GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi predicted that that would be bigger still than MayMac. However, during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, GSP said McGregor wasn’t the right fight for his legacy.

“The thing is, Conor McGregor, money-wise, I believe is the one that can put the more money on the table,” said GSP, as transcribed by Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly.” However, I think legacy-wise, I don’t think he’s the guy that legacy-wise.”

“I mean, money-wise, for people who are not huge fans of MMA, they know who Conor McGregor is. He’s the main guy. He’s the guy who brought the sport to a different level. He’s, I would say, is the most charismatic guy. He sells, the biggest seller in the sport. But talk about legacy, if I come back I want it for legacy, that’s what interests me the most, more than the money. Money, yes, it’s good, but if I come back, it would be more for a legacy match.”

 

“For me, now that I’m at the end of my career, it needs to be something that excites me, something that is a win-win situation that can elevate me.”

St-Pierre said he recovering from the ulcerative colitis that lead to his giving up the middleweight belt, but does not want to return too soon for fear of a return. When he does return, if he does return, if it’s not vs. Conor McGregor, it’s hard to understand who he would face.