Despite recent comments made by George St-Pierre that he would never fight his teammate Rory MacDonald, UFC President Dana White believes a potential matchup between the two Canadians could be right around the corner.
GSP is currently scheduled to face off against the hard hitting American wrestler Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. MacDonald is fighting Robbie Lawler that same night.
Following a UFC 167 pre-event news conference, White told reporters that if both men were to emerge victorious Saturday night, the chances of a fight between the two teammates coming to fruition will greatly increase. He believes that MacDonald will leave GSP’s gym and challenge the champ for his title.
“I think this is the fight, right here for him, that’s going to put him in the direction of fighting Georges St-Pierre. I think if he wins this fight, he’s moving out – he’s going to get his own place.”
White does make a good point: if MacDonald beats Lawler Saturday night, that will be his sixth UFC victory in a row. Therefore, it would logically make sense for him to get a title shot at that point. White didn’t seem to care about the fighters already saying they wouldn’t oppose one another. He just kept on emphasizing that Rory would want it if he beats Lawler.
“And when that time comes for Rory, you know he’s going to give him that opportunity. And you f—ing know Rory wants it. You know he wants it.”
The question is: does GSP want it? There have been rumors circulating that the champ might retire if he beats Hendricks on Saturday night. We’ll just have to wait and see.