Georges St-Pierre Return: Will GSP Headline UFC 206 in Toronto?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 09/21/16 05:00AM EDT
George 'Rush' St. Pierre
MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre arrives at the Official F1 Heineken Party After The Canadian Grand Prix, on June 12, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.(Photo : Mark Blinch/Getty Images for Heineken)

Georges St-Pierre is being slated to headline UFC 206 when he returns to active duty. But apparently, doing so is not really a necessity, according to UFC officials.

Loud rumor's about GSP's comeback have been afloat since his name was mentioned by current champion Tyron Woodley after the latter won the UFC welterweight world title in late July at UFC 201. "The Chosen One" bagged the belt by knocking out his predecessor Robbie Lawler in the first round of their fight.

For his part, St-Pierre is also open to fight Woodley, but has also named Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Demian Maia. GSP is also considering former challenger Nick Diaz as his possible opponents at UFC 206 in December in Toronto.

"To fill up the Air Canada (Centre), to get back the Canadian fans, to raise the pay-per-view up, because Rory is going to Bellator," St-Pierre said via a Bloody Elbow report. "I'm the man for the job!"

While Canadian fight fans are considered to be one of the more ardent and rabid fans in the world, UFC executives do not think it is a necessary option to take. Speaking to Submission Radio, UFC General Manager for Operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand Tom Wright says it is more about the fights, and not the fighter who headlines the card.

"We don't need a Canadian, necessarily, to headline the event. The last event that we had in Canada did not feature around a Canadian, so frankly it's no different than here (in Australia),"  Wright said. He added that fans in Canada are knowledgeable enough to enjoy fights, even without a Canadian fighter like St-Pierre bannering the card.

"They want to see great fights, they want to see great competition and they'll see it in Toronto," Wright added. St-Pierre last saw action in November 2013, where he won a controversial split decision verdict against former champion Johny Hendricks.

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