While most of the speculation on Conor McGregor’s next move is involving a boxer by the name of Floyd Mayweather, the recent announcement of a returning Canadian has brought the Irishman’s name back into circulation in the world of mixed martial arts.
Georges St-Pierre coming back to the sport after nearly four years away represents the UFC’s biggest star of the pre-McGregor era back in the top echelon of the sport. A huge name in his prime, St-Pierre regularly commanded huge pay-per-view numbers, and now he’s come back, fans and pundits are beginning to link the welterweight legend with the lightweight champion.
With St-Pierre publicly stating that he would be able to make the 155-pound limit of lightweight, and McGregor having fought twice at welterweight (170), the obstacles to make the bout seem few. Indeed, two GSP coaches in Firas Zahabi and Freddie Roach have already publicly stated they’re interested in seeing the bout happen, as have various other names in the MMA world.
“A fight between Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor is absolutely massive,” UFC commentator Jon Anik said, speaking on the Anik and Florian podcast. “Absolutely massive. I don’t know how many pay-per-view buys you’re talking, is it bigger than Mayweather/McGregor? I don’t know if I can take that leap, but I think it’s damn close. I mean, whose not watching Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor?
“Is that not the biggest fight we can make in the UFC right now?”
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“Without a doubt; that’s the biggest fight in UFC history right there,” Kenny Florian replied. “You look at GSP and what he can bring to the table – he was pretty consistent at about one million pay-per-view buys, and we know what Conor McGregor’s bringing in – he’s past that right now.
“That’s a really interesting fight, I would love to see it.”
And so too, would a fair few fans.