Former two-weight UFC champion, Daniel Cormier certainly isn’t a fan of a potential boxing match between fellow former two-weight gold holder, Georges St-Pierre and former world champion, Olympic gold medalist, Oscar De La Hoya — claiming that while St-Pierre would score a lucrative payday, the potential of him losing to De La Hoya would prove to be detrimental, and thus too risky for the MMA community.
Per former UFC middleweight and welterweight gold holder, St-Pierre it would have been “fun” to meet with former eleven-time boxing world champion, De La Hoya — until UFC president, Dana White vetoed the potential professional boxing match under the Triller Fight Club banner.
“I understand that Dana (White) didn’t want me to fight,” St-Pierre explained during an interview with Cinema Blend. “However, it would have been fun (a fight with De La Hoya). 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. However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller (Fight Club) put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favourite boxer of all time, behind ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard.“
In response to White, Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of Triller Fight Club claimed that the organization would make a donation to a charity of White’s choice if he would sign off and allow St-Pierre to compete in a boxing match.
“If we are a “joke” and you don’t give a sh*t, than (sic) approve GSP (Georges St-Pierre) to fight,” Kavanaugh posted on Instagram. “We will donate $250,000 to a charity of your choice if you approve the fight, as the deal is ready to close pending ONLY your approval.“
Discussing the potential fight yesterday evening on an episode of DC & Helwani — the abovementioned, Cormier remained coy about a potential pairing of St-Pierre and De La Hoya, but maintained that it would be “too risky” for the matchup to go ahead as far as the mixed martial arts community is concerned, given the possibility that De La Hoya could beat him.
“I gotta be honest, I don’t know,” Cormier said. “I think it’s too risky for us as a community to have a guy like Georges St-Pierre boxing Oscar De La Hoya. (It’s) Great for ‘GSP’ in terms of the money he will make but (it’s) too risky. Because even at — I don’t know if Oscar’s gotta be (in his) mid-fifties at this point — it’s too risky for ‘GSP’ to go and fight him because if he gets beat, if he gets starched, it’s a bad look when the greatest fighter of all time is out there getting beat or knocked out or just dominated by a 55-year-old boxer.“
“You can not possibly believe Georges St-Pierre beats Oscar De La Hoya in a boxing,” Cormier explained. “Like, reality. Does not matter, dude’s (De La Hoya) an Olympic champ boxer. No, man. That’s why I don’t want to see it. It’s too risky. Maybe ‘GSP’ does win but I don’t believe he does, so whatever. Might as well not even do it.“
Still under contract with the promotion, Tristar MMA staple, St-Pierre has yet to feature professionally since he headlined UFC 217 back in November 2017 at Madison Square Garden in a title-winning effort against then-middleweight best, Michael Bisping.
For De La Hoya, the Californian had teased a rebound to the squared circle for some time now, however, is reportedly set to make good on that return in the form of a summer comeback. The former six-weight world champion last competed back in December of 2008 where he suffered an eighth round stoppage loss against Manny Pacquiao.