UFC: Georges St-Pierre Could Face Rafael Dos Anjos, BJ Penn or Jacare Souza in Return to Octagon
Georges St-Pierre won’t have a shortage of opponents if he decides to come out of retirement. Rafael Dos Anjos, BJ Penn and Jacare Souza have all expressed interest in facing the former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion.Advertisement
GSP hasn’t fought since beating Johnny Hendricks in November 2013. A month after his controversial win, he announced that he needed to take a sabbatical from MMA. However, he did leave the door open for a possible return.
Fast-forward to June 2016, GSP shared on The MMA Hour podcast that he is ready to fight again. He said his agents are already talking toh possible opponents, but negotiations have yet to gain any real traction.
“I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now,” GSP declared. “The clock is running. I’m not getting any younger. I’m in the peak of my career and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now.”
Despite doing most of his damage as a welterweight fighter, the 35-year-old mixed martial arts superstar stated that he would have no problem fighting at lightweight for his comeback fight.
Current UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos responded to GSP’s comments by saying that it would be an honor to fight one of his heroes, but there will be no pleasantries inside the Octagon.
“For me, it would be great to fight against my idol. Of course, it’s a new challenge,” Dos Anjos told Fox Sports. “It’s a big money fight, too. Of course, if he can make it, I’ll be here and I’ll have the belt.”
Former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn also wants a shot at St-Pierre. The man widely-regarded as the best lightweight in MMA history has lost two times against the semi-retired welterweight fighter. However, Penn believes a trilogy should be in order.
Penn recently took to Twitter to challenge GSP. The two-division UFC champion said he has no fights planned in November and would love to fight St-Pierre in New York.
In the middleweight division, Brazilian fighter Jacare Souza is irate by the idea of GSP possibly getting an immediate title shot at Michael Bisping. St-Pierre has never fought in the 185-pound weight class but is currently interested in a clash with the 37-year-old Englishman, as per Bloody Elbow.
“I would pass on fighting for the belt only to fight him if he moves up. He’s a chicken,” said Souza. “If he wants to move up, I would let Bisping for later, since I know I’m the next in line. If he wants to move up, I want him. I will break his neck.”