Dana White Not Guaranteeing Georges St-Pierre an Immediate Rematch If He Loses at UFC 167

November 14, 2013
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Georges-St-Pierre-026-UFC-124-478x270Prior to his fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was guaranteed an immediate rematch, should he want it, by UFC president Dana White.

Silva did lose, and will be rematching Weidman at UFC 168 to close out 2013 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.

While the UFC’s head honcho fell short of guaranteeing welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre the same courtesy, he indicated on Thursday that it would be difficult envisioning a scenario where he wouldn’t be granted a shot at redemption… if he were to lose.

“We’ll see what happens. Obviously, Georges St-Pierre has had the belt since 2007. And before that, he had had the belt before that, he lost the belt to Matt Serra,” said White.

“All fights are different. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see how the thing plays out. (But) it would be kind of a weird thing for Georges St-Pierre to not get another shot at the title. It would be hard to say that he’s not still probably the No. 1 contender if he loses the belt on Saturday.”

St-Pierre’s overall record currently stands at 24-2, having won 11-consecutive fights. He has won the UFC welterweight champion twice, and has the most successful title defenses in the division. And he is most assuredly a shoe-in for the UFC Hall of Fame.

Should he lose to Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday, as White said, it would be difficult to justify him not getting an immediate crack at the belt if he wants it.

Hendricks, of course, believes that it is a scenario that is bound to happen, as he believes whole-heartedly that he has St-Pierre’s number. And he wouldn’t hesitate at giving St-Pierre a rematch.

“Yeah. Why not?” said Hendricks. “If I beat him once, it means I could do it again, right?”

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  • bajafox

    Hopefully Hendricks will put him to sleep and he won’t want a rematch and retire

    Even GSPs own fans are getting bored of his style

    • Your assumptions are incorrect.

      • bajafox

        No assumptions made. If you read as many comments on as many forums and sites as I do, you would see a lot of disgruntled GSP fans. They’re still fans of GSP, not just fans of his style of fighting.

        • You’re wrong. They’re not real fans of GSP, and they probably don’t know much about MMA either.

          • Bosnjak

            Not real fans? thats why he has oan average of 800,000 PPV buys each fight

          • Slick Chrome American Prince

            GSP is the UFC’s mystery 5 million dollar man. Can’t dispute that. Biggest draw in UFC history. You may want to pay a visit to Canada.

          • bajafox

            I am talking about the same guys who shelled out $50 for all of his snooze fests. Theyre fed up and theyre out there. They are still going to pay regardless because at the end of the day, they’re still fans. I paid for Tito’s retirement fight knowing damn well it was going to suck. I did that because Im a Tito fan

          • MaritalArtist

            That Condit fight was pretty exciting, but other than that, when was the last time GSP had me jumping out of my seat?

            He’s still awesome though…. Just slightly unexciting.

          • Hugh Shakeshaft

            GSP seems to have lost a little of his aura after the Condit fight. I get a sense he doesn’t want to take that kind of damage again.

          • Jeremy Nm

            GSP fight= jab-jab-jab-takedown, jab-jab-jab-takedown and throw in your occasional superman punch. Thats pretty much it. If you have seen one, you have seen them all. GSP doesn’t have a style. He just takes as little chances as possible.

          • MaritalArtist

            Yeah, but he’s so good at that, he’s like Ronda. Until somebody has an answer, he’ll keep doing it.

          • Jeremy Nm

            very true. He certainly is the best 170 pounder…no doubt. Unfortunately his conservative style doesn’t win any fans…I got more respect personally for guys that hang it all on the line than the guys that play it safe.

          • bajafox

            Jay Mcgarrity <—– READ HIS COMMENT. He's the GSP fans I'm talking about. YOU are incorrect.

        • Sarcasticball

          statistically speaking read on forums proves nothing since you get a survey with a huge source of bias (it’s not even a survey). But I understand people who think that GSP is not the most exciting fighter, but it’s just one opinion and not necessarily the opinion of most of his fans. And even 1000 opions is not necessarily the opinion of most of his fan so…

    • Jay Mcgarrity

      I must say that even though I don’t 100% agree with you that I do agree with you to a point. I am not a huge GSP fan but still somewhat of a fan and respect him for what he’s done. I am still excited to watch his fights but it’s more of a curiosity to see if he can win than how he wins. When you’re watching champs like Pettis, Jones, Weidman, or Aldo, it’s more exciting to actually watch the fight play out because you have no idea how they’re going to win if they win. With GSP you almost always know it’s going to be a points game and decision victory. Usually after about 2-3 rounds, unless something crazy happens, I feel like I’ve seen enough. The old GSP looked extremely hungry to win, this evolved version of GSP looks more scared to lose than anything.

      • bajafox

        Thank you for proving my point.

        I am ordering the fight tomorrow to watch Chael and hopefully Rory get KTFO, the GSP fight is just another fight to me. I might just turn on the PS3 and play some BF4 after the 3rd round if it’s a typical snooze fest from GSP

        • Jay Mcgarrity

          I am not proving your point, your point was rather extreme and one sided. I do not hope he retires and never wants a rematch. His style has gotten boring though, that is where I agree and I think most would agree. GSP just isn’t that exciting and I am more of a fan of GSP the person and martial artist, not GSP the entertainer.

          • bajafox

            But you did prove my point to an extent. I may have worded my OP wrong, but the truth is there are fans of GSP who are getting tired of his boring style. It can easily be predicted what he will try to do tomorrow night.

        • Hugh Shakeshaft

          GSP fight will help make go to sleep after getting all amped up by the undercard.

      • MaritalArtist

        GSP really needs 1-2 finishes soon, you know, to make a statement.

        He hasn’t had a finish in a long time. All the other champs have. Just saying.

        • Collideoverme

          True, but that beating he put on fitch was nice. 5 rounds of mashing his face in. That to me was his last great fight. He’s just been humping ever since.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Fedor sucked too.

    • The Best Eva

      Ya but he won’t retire, not even close.

  • I would hate to see GSP lose by KO. I would rather see him lose based on a really tough back and fourth fight. Johny has only won 5 of 10 fights by KO if I’m not mistaken. Having power in his left hand and a strong wrestling base isn’t enough to dominate every fight. I really like Hendricks but to be a champion you have to have very good footwork, kickboxing and strong submission skills. Matt Hughes was very dominant with his wrestling but also was an incredible submission artist. GSP is well rounded everywhere but his strength is his footwork and transitions with his kickboxing and wrestling. Johny isn’t even an accomplished boxer.

  • GSP will move to middleweight

    • claudale

      he doesnt want weidman or silva, so I doubt it. Plus he claims to be a small 170 pounder (not true bit he says that)

    • Tom Jolley

      more likely is a move to light weight, in a recent interview Hendricks was talking about how GSP is looking smaller

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      GSP retires.

  • claudale

    Chances are, it will be a boring fight. Gsp doesnt want to lose rounds on bottom or get ktfo, so he will back up, “look busy” and move. Like condit did against diaz. Chances are he wins an uneventful, highlight-free decison

    • Kalen

      Never really seen GSP back up to any fighter for any considerable length of time <1 min

  • hammering process

    Unnecessary discussion, GSP wins via decision … again.

    • MaritalArtist

      Condit is just as elusive as GSP, and he got majorly rocked 2-3 times. But then again, Carlos has an iron chin.

      • Kris-tyahn

        Condit isn’t as ilusive as GSP. Have you not been paying attention? GSP is the best at not getting hit (@ WW), he has only gotten hit 24 or 25% of the time in his career, which is insane considering he’s fought 20 times in the UFC! That’s a 75% defense accuracy!

  • laleggenda27

    Very misleading title. Nothing to see here, folks.