Georges St-Pierre Doesn’t Think The UFC Want Him To Fight At Lightweight
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has poured doubt on the idea of him moving down in weight to fight for the UFC lightweight title.
St-Pierre has been reportedly focused on trying to cut down to 155-pounds to fight for the UFC lightweight title but in an interview today he’s suggested that the UFC brass aren’t so enamoured with the idea.
St-Pierre last fought at UFC 217 last November when he defeated Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. Shortly after winning the belt, the Canadian vacated the title stating he was suffering from a severe case of ulcerative colitis and that he didn’t wish to hold up the division.
Recent talk out of the St-Pierre camp suggested he’d then try to move down to lightweight to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155-pounds title, but speaking with Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show earlier today, he implied that the UFC weren’t so keen.
“I don’t think the UFC wants me to fight for the title at lightweight,” St-Pierre told the Ariel Helwani MMA Show.
“They don’t want me to run into the sunset again with a belt. “I don’t think it would be sanctioned. I think that they will do the rematch. I don’t think that’s what Khabib wants.”
A move down to lightweight would see St-Pierre fighting at 155-pounds for the first time in his career. Whilst falling short of saying he would definitely make the weight, the former UFC champion said that it wouldn’t be impossible.
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“I think I could (make the limit),” he said. But I’m not 100 per cent sure. “You don’t run a marathon in training. You run less than a marathon, and it’s the same thing. You never cut weight just to try and cut weight.”