GSP has heard the call outs from the champion, but says fighting Woodley isn’t a win/win situation for him.
“In terms of coming back to fighting, you have to realize I have a lot more to lose than to win,” St. Pierre said to Fan Sided. “Tyron Woodley wants to fight me because he has a lot more to win than to lose because if he beats me in terms of legacy, in terms of popularity, he has a lot more to win. It’s not that I’m scared, actually, I’m always scared when I go fight. I’m scared of everybody but being scared is irrelevant because I’m going to walk the walk if I have to do it. I have to choose carefully what is my next move. For at this point, I am with cementing my legacy it is not a straight line. I have to check what can I gain, what can I lose. That is why when I fought Michael Bisping it was a win/win situation from both sides. If I were to lose I lose but if I win, I win big so it was good. Fighting Tyron Woodley right now, now that he won his last fight it elevates his stock a little bit more but it’s still not a complete win/win situation for me.”
St. Pierre hasn’t been seen in action in nearly a year, with his last fight being a submission win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217.
Speaking of UFC 217, one thing GSP remembers from the fight is how much it affected his health.
“For me, it was a bad experience,” said St. Pierre. “I won my fight, everything was great, the result was okay, however, I compromised what is the most important thing for me which is my health. I never want to compromise my health ever again. However, now I feel a lot better. I feel great. I’ve done some intermittent fasting with some medication and with some anti-inflammatory to help with the symptoms of my ulcerative colitis.”
Even if the fight were to come together, it wouldn’t happen until 2019 at the earliest because Woodley is currently out of action due to a hand injury.