Dana White Says Georges St-Pierre “Bailed” on Agreement to Defend 185 Title
By FCF Staff
There’s little doubt that a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre would do big business, but UFC President Dana White continues to shut down talk of the all-star fight.
Before St-Pierre retired earlier this year, the former welterweight and middleweight champ expressed an interesting in facing Nurmagomedov. The lightweight champ has also, repeatedly said he wants to fight the legendary fighter.
White, however, has consistently said he’s not on board with the proposed match-up. While speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter recently, White once again, argued the fight shouldn’t happen (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Well there’s two things — first of all, who doesn’t love Georges St-Pierre? Love Georges St-Pierre, the best ever as far as human beings, great guy, love him. Georges St-Pierre and I had a deal, he was going to fight [Michael] Bisping at 185 pounds and if he won, he would defend the title. He bailed on that. Didn’t do it,” White said. “So you can’t just come out and hand pick fights that you want for titles.”
“He made this deal with me that he would defend the title,” White explained. “He went in and he saw Bisping as an easy fight. He fought Bisping and then you look at the guys that are behind Bisping and they’re all killers. They’re all literally killers.
“But now to come back and he wants to fight at 155 for the title. We’re not doing a goofy 165 [pound] whatever, that’s not going to happen.”
St-Pierre returned from a four-year hiatus in 2017, and took the middleweight title from Bisping at UFC 217. After the historic win, GSP revealed he was battling ulcerative colitis, and announced he was vacating the belt due to the medical issue.