GSP: I never said I was dropping to lightweight
Welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre dropped the belt, took off a few years off, and returned to take the middleweight title from Michael Bisping. Then he dropped that belt, and has been shrinking in size, leading to widespread rumors that he plans a drop to lightweight to challenge the winner of current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. past champ Conor McGregor.
However, in an interview with Canada’s SportsNet, GSP said he never said he’s dropping to lightweight. But he never said he isn’t, either.
“I didn’t say I was going to do it,” said St-Pierre, at an appearance to publicize his partnership with the California-based aquatic training company Hydrorevolution. “People headlined me the wrong way, to sell articles. That’s the society we live in.”
“I don’t want to sign a contract for a fight right now. I don’t want to say I’m going to commit to something. The minute I do it, the mental warfare starts.”
“I want to come back for a good fight. I want to come back for a fight that I can win, that I can gain something in terms of legacy. Not only money, but in terms of legacy. Because I have a lot more to lose than to win.”
“For my fight with Michael Bisping, I was trying to put on weight but I did it the wrong way. I ate a crazy amount of food. I almost threw up sometimes … with the stress and everything it overused my digestive system. Although I was obsessed with trying to gain weight, I should not have done it.”
UFC president Dana White said GSP vs. the winner of Khabib vs. Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 was “probably not going to happen.” And White said in June that GSP was retired.
“Dana White said I was done before my last fight with Michael Bisping,” said St-Pierre. “He does what he does best for his interests, and I do what’s best for mine.”