Dana White on Georges St-Pierre’s lightweight title talk: "pick a division"

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Last week, at a press conference in Australia, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre shared his interest in dropping down to lightweight to battle the victor of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor's UFC 229 lightweight title fight (see St-Pierre's prediction for the fight here).

For his fight against Mayweather, McGregor's brand - McGregor Sports and Entertainment - served as a co-promoter for the fight that ultimately became the second biggest pay-per-view event of all time. I want to be a true partner, similar in the way I was in the Floyd fight.

White has recently visited the White House and, while details of the meeting aren't known, the two have done some business together in the past, during the UFC's early days, when their events were hosted at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic city, when MMA fights were still illegal in some states, including NY. "I mean it's like - no. Pick a division". I fought at 185, I relinquished a title.

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Well despite McGregor's hopes to gain equity or some sort of ownership share for his return to the UFC, it appears he just got a big paycheck instead. Like I said, I'm older. White confirmed on Tuesday via MMA Junkie that none of McGregor's demands were met but claimed that McGregor will receive a huge pay day for his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. "He's a bigger guy". "He gave up the 170-pound belt, he gave up the 185-pound belt".

The reality here is that White isn't necessarily backed into a corner where he would require the star power of St-Pierre for a lightweight title fight after UFC 229 in Las Vegas. This, of course, would again entail St-Pierre jumping the line for a shot at championship gold, and that doesn't seem like something UFC president Dana White is too enthused about making happen again. "Toronto makes sense. Toronto wouldn't be bad".

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