Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who is a UFC fighter himself with a 10-2 record following his win last weekend, recently spoke about St-Pierre’s preparations for his big upcoming fight against UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
As with many mixed martial arts interviews these days The Notorious One wound up being mentioned, which is becoming something of a trend amongst fighters who are looking to make a name for themselves. So then, it may seem odd to some that GSP, a bonafide legend and veteran, could end up doing the very same thing.
Aubin-Mercer: “I think what will be probable is that he will call out Conor after… That’s what I would do. I think for the UFC, it’s a really smart fight to do. It’s a win-win for them. Well, win-win, kind of, for short term.”
Of course this is all dependant on whether or not GSP can win the gold in New York City, as he will be headlining the UFC 217 card against a man who will do just about anything to stay at the top of his division.
A lot of fans are actually going into the bout thinking that the legendary GSP will lose, which is surprising given that he is one of the greatest of all time. Still, a four year lay off is always going to pose some problems and Bisping has been in the form of his life over the last few years.
McGregor, on the other hand, is weighing up his options in the wake of his professional boxing debut against the legendary Floyd Mayweather. Conor could be looking to fight several top contenders from Max Holloway to Nate Diaz, although there are some fans out there that would probably like to see how he’d fare in this superstar showdown.
There’s no doubt that there would be a great deal of interest for the fight, but it all rests on two things: whether or not GSP can walk away with the win in November, and whether he’ll be required to defend the middleweight strap against Robert Whittaker or Luke Rockhold if he does indeed pick up the victory.
One thing is for sure, this almost certainly won’t be the last we’d heard of this.