Jorge Masvidal is after all the lucrative paydays he can get and former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre is certainly one of them.
St-Pierre officially retired last year but has regularly expressed an interest in returning to action for a fight with high risk and high rewards. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov seemed to be that fighter, but the UFC did not seem too keen on having that fight take place.
So for now, it looks like St-Pierre is done with fighting permanently. But Masvidal feels he can lure him out of retirement.
“Gamebred” had a definitive 2019 where he defeated Darren Till, Ben Askren, and Nate Diaz to quickly become a major star for the UFC. He is targeting a fight with Conor McGregor next, but St-Pierre would be a more than welcome alternative.
But despite the respect he has for St-Pierre, that doesn’t mean Masvidal doesn’t plan on breaking the Canadian’s face if they eventually compete.
“Well, they’ve said this about me, that I resurrect fighters and then I retire them again,” Masvidal told Submission Radio. “So, I wouldn’t mind if GSP jumped on that campaign. In all honesty, as a competitor, I want to fucking break his face. I want to go out there and give him everything I got.
“But I respect the time what he’s done. Then he took, I don’t know how many years off, came back, beat [Michael] Bisping for the legitimate middleweight title. Dude’s a stud. He’s a fucking animal, bro. I would put everything into my being, into my soul, to end this individual, because he’s that good. He’s the type of fighter, this shit would require a nice training camp, isolation away from the world and just focus on the task, just day in and day out, cause he’s a hell of a competitor, and I’m not taking a back seat to nobody in this division. So, I would love it.”
In all likelihood, St-Pierre coming out of retirement to face Masvidal seems highly unlikely.
But then again, given what Masvidal has accomplished since the start of 2019, who is to be completely sure?