During the lead up to UFC 105, the world’s number one welterweight, Georges St. Pierre, said that he was interested in wrestling for his native Canada in the 2012 Olympics. Dana White surprisingly said that he would be open to the idea of his star’s participating, but there is really not much chance of this happening. Let’s look at some of the roadblocks that will keep this fantasy from coming true.
It makes sense that White would have no problem with one of his stars taking some time off to compete in the Olympics. For once the UFC might get some positive media attention. However, it is not like St. Pierre could just take off six months and come back. In order to qualify for the 2012 games, the champion would need to place in the top eight of either the 2011 world championships or the 2012 Pan-American championships. This means that St. Pierre would need to take time off to not only train for the Olympics, but also for these competitions. That will be a little bit too much time off for White.