Dana White has said in recent weeks that Georges St-Pierre was open to fighting Tyron Woodley, and the former champ has relayed that in the past too. But, the reigning welterweight champ believes GSP is solely interested in scoring a big payday, rather than adding to his legacy.
If you’ve followed all the drama tied to St-Pierre’s comeback, then you know he was expected to fight Michael Bisping in his return bout. Then,a after GSP said he couldn’t fight until November, White said the bout was off. But, following Woodley’s widely panned, decision win over Demian Maia, White relayed Bisping – GSP is back in play.
“I knew what he was coming back for,” Woodley said. “I knew he wasn’t coming back to do another run and do what he has already done, he already has a name engraved on the record books. He’s coming back because he said, ‘Hey you know what … Jon Jones, Conor, Ronda Rousey and all these fighters are making all this money, so I want to get in on some of this money.’
“What George St-Pierre needs to do is just to be honest. You’re not back in this sport to take on the welterweights, prove that you’re back and that the king is back, you’re not back for that, man. You’re here for super fights, you’re here to make a lot of money, because you helped build the business model for pay-per-view and there’s no shame in that, but just be real.”
Now, GSP has said that he wants big fights and that he’s looking to fight opponents that have a lot of buzz right now (he’s used the stock market comparison quite frequently while doing so). But, some have questioned whether Bisping necessarily fits that bill, since he hasn’t fought since last October (and that was against Dan Henderson, who wasn’t ranked in the top ten of the middleweight division).
Woodley’s also argued that St-Pierre doesn’t want to fight him, since, according to the champ, he wants to avoid any more concussions…
But, since Woodley tore his labrum in his bout with Maia, all this talk is kind of beside the point now. The welterweight champ could be sidelined until mid – late 2018.