‘I Understand That Dana Didn’t Want Me to Fight’- Georges St-Pierre on the Missed Opportunity to Fight Oscar De La Hoya

Published 05/19/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


MMA legend Georges St-Pierre turned 40 on May 19, 2021. Many often regard the former two-divisional champion as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. Recently there was much speculation about there being a potential match-up between GSP and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya.

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The talk started after De La Hoya had expressed his desire to return to action one last time. Triller fight club chimed in when they offered to sponsor the event which would have GSP vs De La Hoya as the main fight. However, for various reasons, the fight has not been made official as of yet.

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Georges St-Pierre was recently talking about what he thought of the potential fight. GSP said, “I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight. However, it would have been fun. Because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. I’m turning 40-years-old tomorrow; I’m going to be 40-years-old. It’s a young man’s game.”

Georges St-Pierre thinks a fight against De La Hoya would have been great

St-Pierre last competed back in 2017 at the UFC 217 event for the UFC middleweight title. GSP faced Michael Bisping and defeated him via submission in the third round. As ‘Rush’ hasn’t been fighting for so long it wouldn’t make sense for him to get back into top-level MMA action instantly.

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However, GSP thinks that a fight against De La Hoya could have been the way to go, “However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favorite boxer of all times, behind Sugar Ray Leonard.

“Plus, a lot of the money made would have been given to charity. So it would have been for a good cause, just to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. And it would have been serious competition because you say, I play basketball, I play hockey, but you don’t ‘play’ fighting. It would have been fun.” 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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