“I’m gonna tell you something. The belt is the title and maybe I shouldn’t say that. Maybe my manager will be angry. Yes, the belt means a lot. I would rather be known as the best ever than holding the belt. If you’re the best and even if you don’t have the belt and you’re the best, it’s more gratifying. The belt is a material thing. It’s good. I won it a few times. But I want to fight the best, the biggest name… When I do something, I want to do it big. I want to be the best. I want to fight the guy who’s the best, who’s the biggest name.”
-Georges St-Pierre talks to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about what he wants in his potential return to MMA.
Penick’s Analysis: While the most interesting fights don’t always necessarily need a title involved, St-Pierre fighting current champ Robbie Lawler is one of the biggest fights to make right now. Of course, St-Pierre winning the title again would then lead to the UFC wanting him to defend it, and maybe that’s where his mind is at in not wanting to fight for the title. If he faces other names without a belt on the line, he isn’t beholden to fighting whomever has earned a right to fight for the title if that person isn’t as much of a money drawing name. So if he comes back against, say, Nate Diaz, and still fights after that, he’s got nothing but options from there. Still, the Lawler fight would be fantastic, so hopefully he’s at least open to it.
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