As of now, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has an dull dance card. Sure, there’s been conjecture he’ll lapse before a finish of 2017 to quarrel halt lightweight champ Tony Ferguson in a pretension joint bout, yet zero is set in mill concerning that bout. And with McGregor creation sound about his enterprise to have some equity in a promotion before he earnings to a octagon, there’s still a lot of work to be finished before a Irish luminary earnings to a UFC fold.
On Saturday night another choice lifted a conduct for McGregor.
With former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre claiming a middleweight climax with a third-round acquiescence win over Michael Bisping, there is a probability a UFC could demeanour to book McGregor vs. St-Pierre during 170 pounds (or less).
The thought of carrying dual of a biggest pay-per-view draws in UFC story accommodate inside a octagon is not as fantastic as it competence sound. When St-Pierre announced he was going to finish his four-year interregnum from MMA, there was some conjecture he would face McGregor in his lapse bout.
Instead, a UFC requisitioned St-Pierre vs. Bisping. However, speak of he and McGregor assembly never truly died. In fact, McGregor himself addressed a probability of a quarrel in late September.
“It’s another income fight, even yet he’s been retired,” McGregor told Caroline Pearce during An Evening with Conor McGregor (via MMAFighting). “I don’t know, we consider he’s going to get his (expletive) whooped by Bisping. To be honest, we consider it’s a mistake for him to step in during that weight after so prolonged out.”
UFC President Dana White also speculated on that quarrel before St-Pierre degraded Bisping.
“GSP would need to urge his pretension initial during 185 (pounds) and Conor has some business to hoop himself,” White told TSN (via MMAWeekly) in October. “It would be a year and a half down a highway before we would even speak about that.”
“Everybody’s intriguing for Conor McGregor. we mean, if we demeanour during Conor McGregor during 145, 155 and 170 [pounds], all is intriguing.”
White afterwards speculated where a quarrel of that bulk would take place.
“I don’t know where that would be,” White said. “We could do it in Croke Park in Ireland, where there’s like 100,000 seats. You could do it here in Toronto, where we had 56,000 people, and we could do it in Vegas, that is always good, too.”
As for St-Pierre, in Oct he told ESPN that he didn’t wish to callout a smaller fighter. However, a surefire UFC Hall of Famer did not boot a possibility.
“He’s an extraordinary warrior and it would be an extraordinary honor,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t know what to say. If a fans wish it and he wants and whoever wants it, maybe it will happen.”
After St-Pierre’s win over Bisping, White pronounced St-Pierre will quarrel halt middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in a pretension joint bout.
However, St-Pierre didn’t sound like he was so certain about another middleweight bout.
“This is not unequivocally my genuine weight,” St-Pierre told UFC commentator Joe Rogan. “I did it for a challenge. There was a time in my career where a challengers were one after another and we was too tiny to go up. we was even tiny for a welterweight. Now I’m still welterweight size.”
The categorical reason this quarrel could come to delight earlier rather than after is economics. Right now there is no bigger quarrel to be done in a UFC.
Of a tip 50 UFC pay-per-view events, St-Pierre fought in a pretension hitch in 10 and in a co-main eventuality in one. If White is scold in his comment and UFC 217 does mangle a one million PPV buy mark, St-Pierre will supplement a 12th quarrel to his series of tip 50 events and he only competence mangle a 10 million symbol in career PPV buys. He stood during an estimated 8.7 million before UFC 217 according to Tapology.
As for McGregor, all 5 of a PPV cards he has headlined are in a tip 25 in PPV buys. McGregor owns a first, second, third and fourth biggest PPV numbers in UFC history. All told, he has generated 6.2 million in PPV sales for a promotion.
If a dual do accommodate there won’t be an central pretension on a line, yet it’s really expected a eventuality will transcend a 1.6 million buys McGregor and Nate Diaz generated in their rematch during UFC 202. It’s also not out of a doubt that a quarrel label with St-Pierre and McGregor in a pretension mark could mangle both a embankment and assemblage annals for a UFC eventuality if it were hold in a vast adequate track or arena.
As of now, UFC 205 binds a record for largest embankment in UFC story during $17.7 million. The top assemblage for a UFC eventuality belongs to UFC 193. That event, hold during Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia drew 56,214 fans