Initially, where was no word as to when GSP would be returning, or who he would fight, however in an interview with the LA Times, UFC President Dana White said fight fans may not have to wait long to find out who Georges St-Pierre next fight could be against:
“He’s back. I’m excited,” White said. “We worked at it for a long time and finally got it done.”
“It could be the winner [of the March 4 welterweight title fight] between Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, or it could be [middleweight champion] Michael Bisping,” White said. “Georges has also talked about fighting at 155 pounds [lightweight]. He says he can make the weight.
“But I have no idea when he’s going to fight right now. We don’t have anything booked and literally haven’t talked to anybody about it.”
White then revealed:
“Two guys who care about Georges came to me and said, ‘Do you want to a deal?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I want to a deal.’ We got it done,”
As it turns out, the two men who approached White about getting the deal done were Freddie Roach and his CAA agent, Nick Khan.
One thing is for sure, Georges St-Pierre will likely have his eyes on UFC 209’s Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson welterweight title fight, which could determine his first opponent upon returning to the Octagon.
Now that the dust of Pettis’ unfortunate weigh-in miss has settled, the UFC has announced how it will proceed with the bout.
Having missed weight, Pettis will no longer receive the interim title if he defeats Holloway. As a former UFC lightweight champion, his winning this title would have made him the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes, alongside Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor. As such, this is all bound to sting quite a bit for him.
Pettis will also forfeit 20% of his purse for this weigh-in miss.
These updates come from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, who spoke to UFC President Dana White in the wake of this ordeal.
Per Dana White, it is still an interim title fight for Max Holloway.
While Pettis will no longer have the opportunity to win interim featherweight gold, Holloway will still win the belt if he comes out on top. In sum, the only thing that changes with respect to this fight is that Pettis has lost his chance to become the interim featherweight champion.