Dana White, known for his knack of dropping hints, is once again suggesting that something big is brewing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) future.
This time around, the UFC CEO has hinted at a superfight during his appearance on the Full Send podcast. The fight is being planned by the Las Vegas-based promotion. However, White remained tight-lipped about the details, only confirming that Conor McGregor is not involved.
White said, “We’re talking about one right now, actually, that just popped up a few days ago. I can’t talk about it until we get everybody… well, every fight that you would consider a ‘superfight’ would involve McGregor but this one isn’t, no.”
Naturally, this led to speculation. Some suggested that UFC Hall of Famer Georges St. Pierre might be part of White’s plans. The former two-division champion hasn’t competed since 2017, when he claimed middleweight gold by submitting Michael Bisping at UFC 217. St. Pierre officially announced his retirement from MMA in 2019.
However, St. Pierre was quick to shut down rumors of a possible return. Speaking to media following the UFC Fight Pass Invitational grappling event over the weekend, he said, “Absolutely not. I promise you, I always told myself that I will not fight in the cage after the age of 40. I don’t say I will never compete in any combat sport event, but a fight in a cage professionally in a serious thing for my legacy, I will not do it.”
St. Pierre was scheduled to compete at the event, but a shoulder injury forced him to take on a commentary role instead. Despite his disinterest in returning to the UFC, he didn’t rule out the possibility of grappling once he recovers.
He explained, “I’m extremely competitive, and sometimes I forget that I’m 42, and I don’t give myself enough rest, and that’s why I think I partially tore my labrum, my subscap, and my rotator cuff. But my shoulder is getting better, and we’ll see how it goes.”