Georges St-Pierre hasn’t even taken a step back in the Octagon yet but already people are talking up the chances of him fighting Conor McGregor later down the line.
Having two big stars like McGregor and GSP fight makes a lot of sense when it comes to selling tickets and PPV’s, but one man with a much more realistic take on the whole thing is UFC commentator and fight analyst, Dan Hardy.
Speaking to Submission Radio earlier this week, Hardy explained why he doesn’t think GSP vs McGregor will ever take place.
“I certainly think there’s a conversation around it,” Hardy said. “I think the weight would be the issue. Yes, Conor’s a big lightweight – I think he’s like 5’8”, 5’9”, but he’s got a lot reach. But then he just doesn’t have the muscle mass that GSP’s got now. If you’ve seen the recent photos of GSP, he’s much bigger than he was at welterweight. And even the old GSP was much bigger than Conor McGregor.
“I think that there are a lot of advantages that Conor gives up against GSP and the power isn’t transferrable really against bigger guys.”
“I mean, obviously it would sell a lot of tickets, but I just don’t think it makes any sense. I think Conor could really solidify himself as one of the best in the world by just sticking around at lightweight and beating some of the monsters there. To fight GSP, it doesn’t really gain a great deal from it, and I don’t think GSP does either.”
Hardy the gave his take on whether he thinks St-Pierre would defend the UFC middleweight title if he wins it on Saturday night. According to Hardy, it’s all down to who his opponent would be.
“He said himself in his contract for the title fight against Bisping that it’s in there that he defends against Whittaker immediately afterwards,” Hardy said. “I think that he would, I think that he would take a fight against Whittaker.
“Against someone like Rockhold, I don’t think he would.”
“I think he would rather relinquish the belt and maybe go for Woodley. But I think alternatively, I think he may fight Bisping and if he wins and takes the belt I think he’ll challenge Tyron Woodley straight away. You know, he comes back, he fights twice, he wins two belts and then he retires. That’s a good gamble in my eyes.”