Dana White Announces Georges St-Pierre’s New Opponent
After a quiet start to 2017, the UFC welterweight division looks set for a huge second half of the year after it was announced that champion Tyron Woodley will defend the title against Demian Maia at UFC 214 on July 29.
On top of that, it now appears that former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre will have an opportunity to win back the belt he vacated in December of 2013 when he takes on the winner of Woodley vs Maia.
Speaking with MMAjunkie, UFC President Dana White explained the promotion’s plans for GSP and the welterweight division:
“Georges and I talked a couple days ago when he was in Vegas,” White said,“Georges is saying he wants to fight, we’ll get this thing figured out. We’re talking about Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. These two are going to fight soon. That will free up the 170-pound champion for Georges St-Pierre to return and try to regain his belt.”
Originally, GSP’s return to the UFC was set to be a middleweight title challenge against Michael Bisping but that fell through when the Canadian stated that he wouldn’t be able to fight before October.
UFC 214 is going down at Honda Center in Anaheim, California and although not all the bouts have been finalised, it already looks stacked.
Besides Woodley vs Maia, top light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa will take on Volkan Oezdemir, Sage Northcutt is up against John Makdessi, and of course, old friends Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will finally give us the rematch we’ve all been waiting for when they duke it out for the light heavyweight strap.
Although White didn’t get into specifics about when or where GSP and the winner of Woodley-Maia would fight, the UFC’s planned return to Madison Square Garden, New York, in November seems to make the most sense.
MMA oracle Ariel Helwani pretty much confirmed as much in a recent tweet:
UFC rushed to do Woodley-Maia in July so they could have winner fight GSP at MSG. 214 is amazing, but I feel for Maia: deserved more time.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 28, 2017
GSP held the UFC welterweight title for an incredible 2,064 days between 2008-2013. He vacated the belt after nine consecutive title defences and fans have been waiting for his return ever since. Now, it appears the wait may finally be over (soon, probably).