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Stephen Thompson has come around on the idea of fighting Georges St-Pierre – for UFC gold

When word started to surface that Georges St-Pierre would be making a UFC comeback, there were plenty of guys willing to welcome the former welterweight champion after a nearly four-year layoff.

Stephen Thompson, however, was not one of them.

After it was announced that St-Pierre would forego trying to reclaim the welterweight throne he never lost and instead challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, Thompson was especially pleased. It meant he didn’t have to worry about fighting his longtime friend with whom he’s trained in the past.

That was then, though, as Thompson was about to face Tyron Woodley in a title rematch in March at UFC 209. Thompson lost that fight in a close decision. And as we now know, St-Pierre’s title fight with Bisping was called off, leaving GSP’s future in the balance. Will he still challenge for the middleweight title? Or is it possible he returns to welterweight, after all?

If it ends up being the latter, Thompson, who is recovering from knee surgery, seems to have accepted he might have no choice but to fight St-Pierre. The way Thompson sees it, the clock is ticking on his opportunity to win UFC gold.

Via Submission Radio:

“You know, I’m 34 years old, and I don’t think I have the time to wait,” Thompson said. “You know, let’s say he does get that title. Question is, is he going to hold onto it? Is he going to move somewhere else? I don’t know. But my goal, and it’s something he knows, it’s always been to have that title, to win that title belt. So he is a very good friend of mine, and if that ever does happen, that’s something that I would have to talk to him about. Call him and say, ‘Listen, this is, you know, this is my goal. This is what’s happening. Do we want to do this or not?’ Blah blah blah. And mainly I think it would just kind of be up to him. I mean, he knows what my goals are. I don’t think he would be like, ‘You know what, to be honest, I don’t know.’

Before my last Tyron fight he told me, ‘I have no interest fighting you. I’ve known you for a long time. You’re a good friend of mine. I have no interest in fighting you.’ And I was like, ‘All right, sweet.’ But then he was going up to 185 to fight Bisping. Now that I didn’t win, I’m still there and still it could be possible for me to get that title shot and fight for it again. But if he’s the champion, you know, that’s my goal, man. So it may happen.”

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Georges St-Pierre thinks Michael Bisping fight still happens: I want to retire him

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Despite UFC President Dana White telling the world otherwise, Georges St-Pierre is still confident his UFC comeback fight will be against Michael Bisping – for the middleweight title, and later this year.

In March, the UFC hosted a press conference to announce a fight between St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) and current 185-pound champ Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for later this year. No date or location was revealed, though, which marked the beginning of months of uncertainty around the fight.

St-Pierre initially stated he could not fight until at least November due to outside commitments, which irritated White to the point he said the fight was off and Bisping would instead defend against top contender Yoel Romero.

Those plans reversed course soon after, though, and Bisping revealed a knee injury while St-Pierre declared a lingering eye issue that still needs several more months to heal. That puts both fighters back on a similar timeline, and as “Rush” recently told TSN.ca, leads him to believe the pair will remain matched up.

“(The fight) was changing, but I talked to Dana a few days ago,” St-Pierre said. “I tried to convince him that it was a good thing, that if I come back it needs to be a situation where I put a lot of the risk, but I need to have something I can gain from it.

“Big risk, big reward. Fighting Michael Bisping, that’s what it gives me. … He said we’ll figure it out. We’ll see what happens.”

St-Pierre doesn’t deny Bisping is the most desirable matchup for him at this stage, and he said “The Count” feels the same way. Not only would a win make St-Pierre, a former longtime welterweight champ, just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win belts in two different weight classes, it would also earn him into a tie for the most victories in UFC history (20), a record he owned before Bisping surpassed him.

Both St-Pierre and Bisping have publicly stated that the next loss in their careers will likely result in retirement. That gives St-Pierre even more motivated to have the fight, he said, because if he can force the Brit out of the sport, it would open the door for him to gain back to the all-time UFC wins record for himself.

“I want to be the one that retires him,” St-Pierre told TSN.ca. “He’s got the most wins (in UFC history). I don’t want him to win again because he beat my record, and I’m the one that had the record before. He’s got one over me. I’m going to beat him and then win another few more. Then I’m 36, so it will be time to retire after a few more.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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