Georges Saint-Pierre made a remarkable comeback to the octagon after a four-year layoff on Saturday night at UFC 217.
In defeating Michael Bisping via third-round submission to be crowned the new middleweight champion of the world, GSP cemented his name amongst the absolute greatest MMA fighters ever. Before taking his sabbatical from fighting in 2013, Saint-Pierre amazingly successfully defended his welterweight crown nine consecutive times. Now, he has returned to be crowned only the fourth man ever to be a dual division champion in the UFC.
As is the norm nowadays in the world of combat sport, there is little, if any, time to reflect on the historic victory. Focus rapidly alters to what is next. Where does GSP go from here?
The fact that he is now the 185 lbs champ and there is an interim title holder in the division, Robert Whittaker, would suggest his next venture into the octagon is a deal which should be signed, sealed and delivered. However, as we all know, nothing is ever so straightforward in the crazy world of MMA.
There are a handful of potential next opponents for the returning Canadian legend. A foray back into the welterweight division which he formerly ruled could see him match-up against current 170 lbs champ Tyron Woodley.
While the unification bout with Whittaker is the current most likely move, and the one Dana White clearly holds preference for, the UFC president has also refused to rule out the possibility of what would undoubtedly be the biggest superfight in MMA history. On that prospect, he said “never say never.”
Conor McGregor vs. Georges Saint-Pierre would see an unprecedented scale of hype surrounding a UFC bout if it were to materialise. While it is difficult to see the newly bulked up GSP trimming down to lightweight limit of 155 lbs anytime soon, Conor has fought at welterweight before, a weight-class Georges knows better than anybody.
See Dana White give his take on all the aforementioned in the below clip, his latest interview with TMZ Sport.