The UFC’s first trip to Madison Square Garden considered an unprecedented success. The event drew a record gate, scored one of the highest pay-per-view buy rates that the organisation has ever seen and ended with Conor McGregor holding aloft two UFC world titles — a feat which had never been achieved by anyone up until that point.
Several events have been held in New York State since then but many consider it only a matter of time before the UFC return to the world’s most famous arena but, with some considerable reading between the lines, a recent tweet from Georges St-Pierre suggests that the octagon will return to MSG sooner rather than later.
Canadian superstar St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought in the UFC since November 2013, is due to return to action at a date as of yet undetermined where he is slated to challenge Michael Bisping for the promotion’s 185-pound title, though several details surrounding the fight still remain unannounced but GSP, who was in attendance at Madison Square Garden for a New York Rangers ice hockey match on Tuesday has suggested that he could be fighting inside the arena’s hallowed halls “in a few months”.
Big thanks @NYRangers for inviting me & Erik Owings @TheGarden for the game tonight! I could be fighting here in a few months… Can’t wait! pic.twitter.com/xfP8tiQueU
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 2, 2017
Now, as speculation goes this is all we have to work off as of now but St-Pierre’s tweet does appear to imply that the subject of fighting Bisping in New York has been raised at the very least. The UFC appears likely to hold an event annually in the arena but reserve it for the handful of ‘A-List’ that they promote each year — and St-Pierre’s return to action would certainly meet those parameters.
Stay tuned to this one…