Despite all the buzz about former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre making his long-awaited return to the promotion, current champion Robbie Lawler isn’t as optimistic according to report from MMA Fighting.
“I don’t think he’s coming back,” Lawler said when asked about his thoughts on the all-time great’s potential return. He added, “they (the UFC) never asked me” when asked about the chance of him fighting St-Pierre for the championship.
St-Pierre stepped away from the promotion after his contentious decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013. On this same event, Lawler defeated St-Pierre’s training partner, Rory Macdonald via a split decision to earn himself a shot at the belt following St-Pierre vacating the belt.
The Canadian remains retired despite saying he will return to the UFC to potentially fight Michael Bisping. But one thing he doesn’t want to do is hold the welterweight title again. Lawler is scheduled to fight
Lawler is scheduled to fight teammate, Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 from Atlanta, Georgia on July 30. This will be his third title defense following Fight of the Night bouts against Carlos Condit and Rory Macdonald. If successful, Lawler will be tied for second in title defenses among current UFC champions. Only flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (8) will have more as women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has three.