Teammate: GSP will probably call out McGregor after Bisping fight

Friday, September 22, 2017

UFC welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre appeared last month on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and said if he beats middleweight champion Michael Bisping when they fight at UFC 217 on November 4, he must then defend the belt. There had been speculation that GSP might bounce from a win over Bisping to a shot at the welterweight title, and if he won that, might challenge lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a superfight. Under this fanciful scenario, he would then retire as undisputed G.O.A.T.

During a recent appearance on The TSN MMA Show, GSP’s TriStar teammate Olivier Aubin-Mercier suggested St-Pierre may plan to head right to McGregor. Give the Irishman’s power to drive PPVs, that would be wise.

“I think what will be probable is that he will call out Conor after,” he said, as transcribed by Aaron Bronsteter for “That’s what I would do.

“I think for the UFC, it’s a really smart fight to do. It’s a win-win for them. Well, win-win, kind of, for short term.

“If Georges wins then he’s the biggest MMA fighter of all time. If Conor wins, he is too. If GSP wins, I don’t think he’s going to hold this against Conor.”



McGregor is the champion at 155. GSP is fighting Bisping for the title at 185. But GSP was the champion for many years at 170. As two of McGregor’s biggest fights were vs. Nate Diaz at 170, there is likely a deal in there somewhere.

First, however, GSP has to get past Michael Bisping, having not fought since 2-13. That’s a tall order.