Now that Georges St-Pierre has finalized a new deal with the UFC, there’s a ton of talk about who the former welterweight champ will face in his return. Although a lot of the discussion is tied to a bout between GSP and the middleweight champ Michael Bisping, Kenny Florian’s thinks a fight with Conor McGregor might materialize.
Recently Florian weighed-in on the return of GSP, during the podcast he hosts with Jon Anik. While doing so, the former fighter had this to say about a match-up between St-Pierre and McGregor (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“Without a doubt, that’s the biggest fight in UFC history right there,” Florian said. “You look at Georges St-Pierre and what he brings to the table. He was pretty consistent at around one million pay-per-view buys is what I was hearing. And we know what Conor McGregor is bringing in, he’s past that right now. Imagine a 2 million buy pay-per-view in the UFC between those two. I think that’s a very realistic thing. And with the way the UFC has been doing things, they haven’t been waiting around. They have been trying to go for the big game kill right away. They been trying to put together the biggest fights they can, as quickly as possible. That might be the fight. I would love to see it.”
There’s no question that McGregor – GSP would be massive, but, some might question whether it would in fact break the 2 million PPV mark. While St-Pierre is a big name to hardcore and old school fans, he hasn’t fought since 2013. Now sure, that’s not that long ago, but a lot has changed in the landscape of MMA since GSP’s bout with Johny Hendricks.
But, then again, both of McGregor’s bouts with Nate Diaz generated over 1.6 million buys, so maybe a scrap with GSP would clear 2 million? Could this fight go down? Particularly if talks between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather collapse?