With Conor McGregor set to sit down with Dan Hardy for an hour-long interview next month, most MMA pundits believe the Irishman is likely to announce who he will be targeting for his next UFC fight.
The majority of fans feel that a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz is next on the cards despite the fact that Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson will fight for the interim lightweight title at UFC 216 next month. However, there have been increasing murmurs of a potential super fight between McGregor and the returning great, Georges St-Pierre.
Although the Canadian will be taking on Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in November, St-Pierre is known as one of the all-time great welterweights and, given the fact that McGregor has already fought twice in that very division (at UFC 196 and UFC 202) many believe that the two superstars could meet at 170 lbs.
Although talk of the titanic matchup has been reasonably hushed given the gravity of the bout, one of GSP’s training partners has now claimed that speculation with regard to the fight will explode after UFC 217.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier is a Canadian UFC lightweight and trains with GSP in Montreal’s Tristar gym and, speaking to The TSN MMA Show he stated the Canadian will more than likely call out McGregor should he defeat Michael Bisping in November.
“I think what will be probable is that he will call out Conor after. That’s what I would do. I think for the UFC, it’s a really smart fight to do. It’s a win-win for them. Well, win-win, kind of, for short term.
If Georges wins then he’s the biggest MMA fighter of all time. If Conor wins, he is too. And if GSP wins, I don’t think people are going to hold it against Conor.”
Although Nate still seems like the more likely opponent, McGregor is known for always aiming for bigger and better things and, within the confines of the UFC, there is surely no bigger fight at present than a welterweight bout with the returning GSP.
Imagine these two going head-to-head… ?? George St-Pierre vs "The Notorious" Conor Mcgregor ?? pic.twitter.com/bNK3T3yUcB
— Jesse Mckenzie (@JesseMckenzie20) September 20, 2017