Georges St-Pierre Interested in Fighting Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04:  Georges St-Pierre of Canada celebrates after defeating Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Georges St-Pierre is interested in a potential fight against the winner of UFC 229's main event between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

"I would be interested in that fight," St-Pierre told reporters (h/t MMAJunkie.com's Matt Erickson and Fernanda Prates). "That's a win-win situation. It's a legacy upgrade and it's good money. It's going to be a big fight."

That said, St-Pierre expressed skepticism UFC would be interested in pursuing such a fight given the reputation he's developed over the past five years for relinquishing titles. 

"However, I fought at 170. I relinquished the title (in 2013). Then I fought at 185. I relinquished the title (in 2017). I don't think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid that I'll relinquish and leave the division in ruins again."

St-Pierre returned to the Octagon for the first time in four years last November when he defeated Michael Bisping via third-round submission to claim the middleweight title at UFC 217. 

Since then, St-Pierre's camp has started to pitch the possibility of a fight between the Canadian and Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

"I want Georges to fight Mayweather," St-Pierre's coach, Firas Zahabi, told the JRE MMA Show (h/t Bloody Elbow's Harry Davies). "I keep bothering Georges 'you fight Mayweather, you fight him.' He’s like 'it's crazy.' I know it’s crazy.

"They'll fight at a catch weight. Do you think Mayweather is worried about being concussed? He's fought all the top punchers in the world. He's just going to have to worry about Georges' volume and reach but he can handle himself and Georges can handle himself. But the whole world is going to tune into that one."

However, St-Pierre's focus, for the time being, appears to be on locking down a legacy fight in UFC. 

"The last time they asked me, they asked me to fight Nate Diaz in September, but I'm not ready in September," St-Pierre told reporters. "Not only that I'm not ready, I'm not very excited to fight Nate Diaz. I need something that excites me.

"What excites me is, what can I do to improve my legacy? That's the No. 1. And also, the money. But legacy, No. 1. Money is there. In terms of Nate Diaz, Nate Diaz is not really an improvement for (my legacy) because people see me as a winner already." 

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