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Will GSP v McGregor happen in 2018?


This past Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani despite still suffering from the effects of ulcerative colitis GSP announced he has not closed the door on a future return to the UFC. GSP said he wants a fight that would enhance his legacy, so who could be a possible opponent for the two time UFC champion.

St-Pierre now 36 and with an incredible MMA record of 26-2 really has no need to fight again, if he never fights again he has already done more than enough to be at least in the conversation for the greatest MMA fighter of all time. GSP returned from a near 4 year hiatus to claim his 2nd UFC career when he beat Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to capture the middleweight belt in November 2017. GSP vacated the middleweight title a week or so later, so is it now a case of who and where we see the Canadian next.

St-Pierre has not ruled out competing at lightweight, welterweight or even a return to middleweight for any future bout. I would rule out another middleweight fight, despite beating Bisping he clearly isn’t a middleweight and really when he talks about a legacy fight I don’t see any names in the middleweight ranks that really fit what he calls a legacy fight.

The Diaz brothers Nate and Nick are obvious contenders although GSP has seemingly ruled out both, Ben Askren was discussed on The MMA Hour, but Askren despite being unbeaten has never fought in the UFC, and GSP doesn’t think he has a big enough name, GSP had this to say about Askren:

“He’s a guy who’s extremely, extremely talented, a very dangerous guy, but nobody knows who he is because he’s never been exposed to the public. But he’s very good. In order to have a fight with me, I would have liked him to be exposed to the public so his stock goes up, so if I fight him, at least it’s a win-win situation. Otherwise, you fight a guy who’s extremely dangerous who nobody cares about, who nobody knows who he is. It’s sad, but that’s the real way to look at it. And the reason why I’m saying that in your interview now is because I want people to be aware of who he is, I want him to have a chance to fight in the UFC, to go fight against the big dogs, the big boys of the sport, and I think he’s in certainly the top five, maybe the top three in the welterweight division.”

So the only two names I can see that really tick all the boxes is the current Tyron Woodley the current UFC welterweight champion and Conor McGregor.

Would a return to welterweight to do something he has already done before really tempt GSP, I have my doubts, which leaves McGregor, although GSP sees it more of a money fight when he said this on The MMA Hour.

“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, the most charismatic guy. He sells, the biggest seller in the sport. But talk about legacy. If I come back 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 of a legacy match.”

McGregor v GSP is the biggest fight the UFC can make right now, it would surely even tempt McGregor to finally return, GSP brings the name and the money. Despite what GSP says I would be astonished if this fight wasn’t at the very least discussed.

In a year where the UFC wants the money fights, this is the biggest money fight of the lot, I would be surprised if we don’t see it happen in 2018.



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73 Comments

  • Jamie Renshaw
    11/03/2018 at 6:04 pm

    Who’s McGregor? Is he a new Signing?

  • Andrew Potter
    11/03/2018 at 2:49 pm

    Phillip L Milligan

  • Erik Campbell
    11/03/2018 at 5:08 am

    Who cares anymore.

  • Nico Perv
    10/03/2018 at 7:26 pm

    The good vs the oversized ego ? Hope not.

  • Jimmy Anderson
    10/03/2018 at 4:23 pm

    Conor’s to busy trying to get himself into his new pair of jeans. And George is off chasing aliens again. Stop the money fights. And get on with the real ones.

  • Marty Meunier
    10/03/2018 at 2:08 pm

    Nope so quit with the bullshit articles

  • Lee Mcintosh Macca
    10/03/2018 at 11:16 am

    Who gives a fuck GSP only dare fight people he thinks he can beat them shits his sen and retires again and Conner wins a few good fights and thinks he’s the hardest man to ever live there’s some animals in the ufc at the moment that will eat them two alive

  • Tycier Tyloon
    10/03/2018 at 9:49 am

    It will be fire

  • Flo Rian
    10/03/2018 at 8:59 am

    Jonathan Samy on était au courant avant tout le monde lol

  • Michael Buyas
    10/03/2018 at 5:48 am

    We can only hope.

  • Ahmed Daniel
    10/03/2018 at 4:10 am

    Donart Kurti

  • Dan Callander
    10/03/2018 at 3:04 am

    Won’t happen

  • Gilberto Bernal Jr.
    10/03/2018 at 1:12 am

    Pick on someone your own size GSP. Like Tyron….

  • Tudy Jr Castro
    10/03/2018 at 1:11 am

    Nope

  • Waqar Depp
    09/03/2018 at 11:38 pm

    Let’s hope so!

  • Thomas Mahon
    09/03/2018 at 11:18 pm

    No 😎

  • Brian Brady
    09/03/2018 at 10:53 pm

    GSP will kill Conor and I don’t want to see that, back in the good old days retired meant retired

  • Ricardo Garcia
    09/03/2018 at 10:41 pm

    A mi me gusta el estilo d. macgregor lo q no me gusto fue la chapuseria q hiso con floyd

  • Sam Cunneen
    09/03/2018 at 10:39 pm

    I’m a big McGregor fan but i’m all about ufc and there is no way he can put on the kind of weight GSP did for the last fight i mean cmon he was HUGE, McGregor struggled to put on weight vs Diaz.

  • Shaun Farrands
    09/03/2018 at 10:26 pm

    Who cares both money grabbing fucks

  • Bren Skullz
    09/03/2018 at 10:23 pm

    Fuck sakes…..nah

  • Nathan Broster
    09/03/2018 at 10:15 pm

    Probably Dana all about making money and not real fights

  • Arthur Merkus
    09/03/2018 at 9:47 pm

    Fock that Almost Ferguson vs Khabib #fightersfight

  • Kamil Pawelec
    09/03/2018 at 9:04 pm

    Erol Emre Erk stell da des vor 😀

  • Fiona Miller
    09/03/2018 at 9:02 pm

    Ricky Mack xx

    • Ricky Mack
      09/03/2018 at 9:52 pm

      Can’t see it happening though…🙄

  • Mark Sutherland
    09/03/2018 at 8:45 pm

    Gary Cowie Jimmy Gillespie

    • Gary Cowie
      09/03/2018 at 8:46 pm

      Definitely won’t happen

    • Mark Sutherland
      09/03/2018 at 8:50 pm

      Conner giving up now

    • Gary Cowie
      09/03/2018 at 8:51 pm

      Naw he’s meant to make a return this year. He wanted the frankie Edgar fight but ufc turned it down as there wasn’t enough time to make the cash.

  • Jay Burgener
    09/03/2018 at 8:36 pm

    No way Conner beats Gsp.
    I love Conner
    But no way

  • Chris Martin
    09/03/2018 at 8:30 pm

    Danny 👀

  • Dee Gillen
    09/03/2018 at 8:25 pm

    Wot the fuck for???

  • Matthieu Skanes
    09/03/2018 at 8:24 pm

    Love to see it but doubt Mcnugets would win … lol nah he wouldn’t. Plus fuck conor anyways biitch been out 2 yrs now so whatever

  • Shane Newman
    09/03/2018 at 8:08 pm

    😂✊️💦

  • John John Core
    09/03/2018 at 7:59 pm

    GSP is too big, too strong, too smart for left straight

  • Caplan Brakos
    09/03/2018 at 7:25 pm

    Yes please 😀

  • Youness Ouder
    09/03/2018 at 7:15 pm

    Yes

  • Lasse Hedegaard Andersen
    09/03/2018 at 7:15 pm

    Plz

  • Johnny Che
    09/03/2018 at 7:05 pm

    If they get enough money, then they will for sure!

  • Carter Lane
    09/03/2018 at 7:05 pm

    I want it to.

  • Dick Brown
    09/03/2018 at 7:01 pm

    No, no it won’t.

  • Tony Moreno
    09/03/2018 at 6:56 pm

    Mike Guidroz

  • Tony Moreno
    09/03/2018 at 6:56 pm

    Nope Irish would be scared

  • Tim Roberts
    09/03/2018 at 6:55 pm

    Nope. Mic nugget would get his ass kick.not a good fight

    • Cory Gwin
      09/03/2018 at 9:39 pm

      Are you delusional

    • Tim Roberts
      09/03/2018 at 10:10 pm

      Buddy…he would get smashed.little nugget can’t even defend a tittle.bro.gsp is undefeated…

    • Seân Lynch
      10/03/2018 at 1:05 am

      Gsp has lost twice

    • Tim Roberts
      10/03/2018 at 1:07 am

      Defeated the guys who beat him.

    • Tim Roberts
      10/03/2018 at 1:08 am

      All I mean is Conner is way to small.and no ground game.

    • Tim Roberts
      10/03/2018 at 1:08 am

      Would be a short fight

  • Paul Morris
    09/03/2018 at 6:51 pm

    Nope

  • Jsin Jmz
    09/03/2018 at 6:47 pm

    I go for gsp… Like to see the big mouth irish go down

  • Samir Jestira
    09/03/2018 at 6:40 pm

    Why not with khabib ?

  • Rick Santing
    09/03/2018 at 6:29 pm

    Easy for GSP

  • Jamie Williams
    09/03/2018 at 6:18 pm

    Their was talk about gsp going to 155. So could happen. It would do a lot of ppv which means $$$for the fighters.

    • David Alexander Robles
      09/03/2018 at 7:54 pm

      Gsp couldn’t make 170 now if he tried, he’s huge, there’s no way he would ever fight at 155

    • Jamie Williams
      09/03/2018 at 7:57 pm

      Well he seems to think he could. If he stopped the weights etc he could I think. But it depends how bad he really wants it. Seems a lot to put your body through for a one off fight.

  • Ryan Robert James Charlton
    09/03/2018 at 6:14 pm

    It won’t. You thought Nat was good … Gsp will destroy the Irish boy.

    • Mike Rivera
      09/03/2018 at 6:53 pm

      Aren’t they 2 dif weight class ? And I agree gsp is on an elite level. McGregor would have to work his ass off just yo survive rounds ..

    • Ryan Robert James Charlton
      09/03/2018 at 7:23 pm

      Mike Rivera this is true. Another reason I don’t see it happening

  • Josh McDonald
    09/03/2018 at 6:04 pm

    I’ll buy this one , it would be interesting to to mcgregor have to fight

  • Chris Harasztosi
    09/03/2018 at 5:52 pm

    Conor will go down

  • Trevor Cash
    09/03/2018 at 5:35 pm

    GSP still around?? He was one of my favorites.

  • Neil Wallace
    09/03/2018 at 5:34 pm

    More chance of Scotland qualifying for a major tournament 🙂

    • Gary Hepburn
      10/03/2018 at 4:56 am

      We qualified for the six nations 😂