UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is keen on keeping his title. Rumors are swirling that Lawler has advised former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre to stay retired for his own sake.
Lawler has the utmost respect for St-Pierre, especially for his successful nine-title defense in his six-year reign as welterweight champion before vacating it in 2013. He even noted the contributions that St-Pierre gave for the sport of mixed martial arts. However, Lawler is still not convinced that the Canadian-born fighter should return inside the Octagon.
The 34-year-old Lawler does not believe that St-Pierre would ever step back inside the Octagon, though rumors are circulating that he and his camp are in negotiations with the UFC for a possible comeback. It was also noted that middleweight champion Michael Bisping is calling out St-Pierre for a match.
“I don’t really get too excited (about a St-Pierre bout),” Lawler said. “It’d be nice to beat him and showcase my skills against him, but I don’t think he’s coming back. It wouldn’t be a smart move for him. He’s done a lot for the sport and won a lot of fights. I’m not the guy I think he wants to come back against.”
In April, St-Pierre has flirted with the notion of coming back inside the Octagon. He stated that he and the UFC are in good terms and that details of their talks could not be divulged to the public yet. He noted that if he is coming back, he would only focus on “super fights” that would bring him a hefty paycheck.
But before Lawler worries about St-Pierre, he is set to make his title defense against Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 which set on July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. If he emerges victorious, then that would be the time for him to continue with his opinions about St-Pierre, who has yet to officially be booked for his much-awaited comeback inside the Octagon.
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