August 4th. California. UFC 227. Mark it on your calendars now.
Arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time, Georges St-Pierre is set to make his sophomore return fight! His rival is set to be Nate Diaz, younger brother of formerly defeated opponent Nick Diaz.
On the surface I like you would say no way this is going to happen. Once Dana White starts talking about it, we can lend it some credence.
“Remember this is the WME era where rankings, sensical matches & old fan money aren’t super important as long as analytics/ monetizing metrics are followed & optimal profit is made. Give it a few days & we’ll see who confirms/denies.” – tweet by MMA journalist Mike Russell
“We are working right now to put together a Georges St-Pierre versus Nate Diaz fight,” White said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast Monday. “It is true. They would fight at 155 pounds.”
White added he is also “targeting L.A.” to make a non-title match between former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and former light-heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson on the card, which is already headlined by the T.J. Dillashaw-Cody Garbrandt bantamweight title rematch.
“In my perfect world — nothing goes perfect in this world — Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt, GSP vs. Diaz would be the co-main, Gustafsson vs. Rockhold and Derek Brunson vs. Antonio Carlos Jr.,” White announced. “It’s very interesting.”
If GSP were to win the 155lb title he would be the only person to ever hold a title in 3 divisions. If memory serves me, and it does, Georges used to have some difficulty making 170. To drop to 155 at 36 years old, after most recently winning the title at 185lbs is going to be a legendary feat in an of itself. Losing fat is one thing. How in the world can you safely melt off muscle?
I have no idea. But then I am no GSP.
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