Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently made his return at UFC 217 and captured the middleweight title with a submission win over Michael Bisping. He seemed to disappear as fast as he came back. Now, Dana White tells ESPN that GSP pulled the ultimate money grab and then bounced back to Canada to continue his retirement.
GSP, now in the record books for the shortest title reign in UFC history, vacated his belt 31 days after capturing UFC gold.
While these bouts makes little sense, as GSP failed to deliver a million buys on the pay-per-view for his return to action. UFC president Dana White revealed his frustration to ESPN, and officially put a nix on all talks of a McGregor fight.
The UFC boss stated,
“There is no status,” White told ESPN. “I knew what he was doing. That’s why I put [a mandatory title defense] into his contract. We both knew what was going on.
“I don’t know, man. I don’t think the guy wants to fight. I think he jumped in, grabbed some cash and went back to Canada.”
“He ain’t fighting Conor McGregor,” White said. “If he wants to come back, [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron Woodley or [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker is waiting for him. They’re both waiting, if Georges wants to come back.”
Luckily for fight fans, the interest on GSP isn’t that high. So, Dana’s firm stance on the Canadian star isn’t going to make or break the hearts of UFC fans.
Still though, it’s unfortunate GSP didn’t give his second stint a fighting chance to return to the stardom he once had.