“It will be against Conor in what will be the biggest fight in MMA history,” Sonnen said during his “Beyond The Fight” podcast.
Sonnen, of course, is talking about UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. A super fight between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) has been mentioned before, but the realistic possibility has always seemed like a stretch. That’s especially true given the current situations for both fighters.
McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC since winning his 155-pound title in November 2016 and instead pursed a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, which took place last August. McGregor lost by TKO in the ring, but he was a big winner for his work, earning in excess of $100 million. Since then, he’s refused to set a date for a UFC return and stands to be stripped of his title belt once champ Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov fight next month at UFC 223.
After a four-year hiatus, St-Pierre had a triumphant return to the octagon last November, when he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to win the middleweight title. The good times were short lived, however, as St-Pierre vacated his title just one month later after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which would keep him out indefinitely.
But just this past week, St-Pierre said he’s feeling “much better” and left the door open for a return. He seemed only lukewarm on the idea of a super fight with McGregor.
“The thing is, Conor McGregor, money-wise, I believe is the one that can put more money on the table. However, I think legacy-wise, I don’t think he’s the guy that legacy-wise (helps me),” St-Pierre said on “The MMA Hour.”
“I mean, money-wise, for people who are not huge fans of MMA, they know who Conor McGregor is. He’s the main guy. He’s the guy who brought the sport to a different level. He’s, I would say, is the most charismatic guy. He sells, the biggest seller in the sport. But talk about legacy. If I come back I want it for legacy, that’s what interests me the most, more than the money. Money, yes, it’s good, but if I come back, it would be more for a legacy match.”
Legacy? Sonnen isn’t buying that as St-Pierre’s primary goal.
“Conor doesn’t have the belt, and George wants to come back, and George only wants to come back for Conor,” Sonnen said. “And they both want to do this legacy and all this other … a check, guys. That’s what you’re getting in this. Forget about how we think about you in the future, let’s talk about tonight. That’s the fight.”
“Making a statement like, ‘Hey, that does nothing for me,’ that is condescending, it’s rude, it’s mean-spirited, and it’s extremely appropriate if you’re Georges St-Pierre,” Sonnen continued. “That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want that fight.”
One thing that could stand in the way is weight. After years of ruling the welterweight division, St-Pierre, 36, returned to win the 185-pound title. McGregor, a former featherweight champion in addition to 155, hasn’t fought beyond 170, the weight class in which he split a pair of bouts with Nate Diaz.
Sonnen, however, sees a clear solution to any concerns over weight, and it involves the potential creation of a new division.
“I know that George would do it. He’s made that clear. And I also know contrary to what some fans will say about, ‘Well, what wait class? You can only ask Conor to go up so much.’ George will go down,” Sonnen said. “Now that it has come out that Conor talked to Dana and wanted to do a 165-pound fight, George will go down to 165. I’ll speak for him. I’ll tell you he for sure will. I’m not speaking for him; he shared that with me. But I will pass it on to you. He will go to 165 if it means Conor.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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