Formerreigning welterweight champion is officially coming back for another run in the UFC. The Canadian inked a new UFC contract last week, but an opponent has not been announced yet.
However, his longtime coach and friend Firas Zahabi from Tristar is already hinting at two potential fights that could go down for GSP’s return. According to an interview on The MMA hour with Ariel Helwani, Zahabi wants GPS’s return to the UFC to be a big one. Meaning an “ideal scenario” with middleweight champion Michael Bisping or with “The Notorious”.
My ideal scenario, I don’t know if it’s still up for grabs, but I was really happy when there was a buzzing of Bisping or McGregor, I thought those two would be two epic fights. One, he would go a little lower [in weight]; one, he would go a little higher. But those are really, really intriguing fights. Of course, Tyron Woodley, he’s the [welterweight] champion and et cetera, but he has his fight with ‘Wonderboy’ [Thompson]. And if ‘Wonderboy’ wins, then they’ll have a trilogy. And of course we don’t want to fight with ‘Wonderboy,’ we go way back together.
So I think the welterweight title is not really something he (St-Pierre) is thinking about right now because of the current landscape, but there is always the 185-pound belt. And of course, McGregor is such a mega-star that if you put those two on a main event, I don’t think that anybody in the world wouldn’t watch that. I think that even non-MMA fans would watch that. But again, I don’t do the match-ups, I don’t do the managing, I’m just talking as a trainer.
GSP, 35, is a three-time former Welterweight Champion of the UFC, having won the title twice in 2006 and 2008, as well as an Interim title in 2007. He holds wins over Johny Hendricks,, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, B.J. Penn, Matt Serra, and among many others.
GSP’s return fight is expected to be announced by the UFC in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned tofor the update.