There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether Georges St-Pierre might look to fight Conor McGregor, after he takes on Michael Bisping, and Miesha Tate recently weighed-in on the hypothetical match-up.
St-Pierre will challenge Bisping for the middleweight title on November 4th, at UFC 217 in New York City. Although the former welterweight champ has said he’s contractually obligated to defend the 185 title, if he wins, not everyone believes the UFC would hold him to that. After all, if the star wanted to return to 170 to fight Tyron Woodley, obviously that would be a massive fight. If GSP called out McGregor, well, that would likely be one of the biggest bouts in MMA history. Adding fuel to the McGregor – GSP rumor fire is the fact that the latter’s teammate, Olivier Aubin-Mercier, recently said he thinks the Canadian might call out the Irish star, if he beats Bisping.
Well, Tate was recently a guest on Sirius XM’s MMA Tonight, and she was asked for her thoughts on McGregor – GSP. Here is some of what the former bantamweight champ had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Conor McGregor, I’ve underestimated the guy a number of times, thinking he wasn’t going to win some of the fights that he won and he did it,” said Tate. “The man is truly in a league of his own. When it comes to his game planning, when it comes to his trash talking, when it comes to getting inside people’s heads, nobody does it better than Conor McGregor. So I absolutely would not count him out in a fight like that.
“I think the speed favors him. I think he has great striking and I think the fact that GSP’s been out for so long, I think Conor McGregor can put together a strategy to beat pretty much anybody and I think the matchup actually favors Conor.”
…But I think with this one, Conor’s just so hard to beat and he’s so hard to get around mentally. I think the speed actually, being the smaller guy, does favor Conor.”
There’s no doubt that a lot of folks, including this writer, have underestimated McGregor in certain match-ups. But, and you knew a but was coming, GSP boosters would likely point to his wrestling and top game, as why he would take the fight. After all, during St-Pierre’s storied reign, his wrestling ruled the day in many of his bouts.
First things first, and that’s Bisping. GSP has already said if he loses to the middleweight champ, he will retire.