Insane Rumor: Conor McGregor vs. GSP at UFC 205?
If you like crazy rumors, you’re going to love this. According to smackhisface.com, Georges St-Pierre will make his triumphant return to the octagon at UFC 205 on November 12, and his opponent will be none other than UFC golden boy Conor McGregor.
Smackhisface.com claims to have “sources close to the situation” inside Tristar Gym, which is where GSP trains when he’s home in Montreal. Those sources said GSP-McGregor was originally supposed to happen at UFC 200, but it was put on hold when Nate Diaz stepped in for Rafael dos Anjos and beat McGregor at UFC 196. Now that McGregor has avenged that loss with a win over Diaz at UFC 202, GSP-McGregor is back on and will be officially announced on Fox’s UFC Tonight on Tuesday at 8pm ET.
Of course, there are a number of reasons to be skeptical of this rumor. First, this would be McGregor’s third consecutive welterweight fight. While the UFC featherweight champ has demonstrated that he can handle 170-pound fighters, interim featherweight champ Jose Aldo is just waiting around for his chance at the outright title. It would be unfair to make him weight much longer. And it’s unclear how long McGregor wants to go on fighting outside his division without a shot at a title.
Second, while the purse for a fight against McGregor would likely be staggering, you have to think GSP would prefer to make his comeback against welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, or at the very least a welterweight contender that could set him up for a shot at the title. A loss to somebody who isn’t even a welterweight specialist would set GSP back quite a bit.
So does this rumor have merit, or is it just a wild fantasy? We’ll find out Tuesday night.
Hat Tip – [LowKickMMA.com]