Canadian MMA legend Georges St-Pierre returned to the UFC in spectacular style as he submitted Michael Bisping to capture the undisputed UFC middleweight championship of the world at UFC 217 in New York last weekend.

And now that GSP is back in the fold — and holding championship gold — talk has turned to his next challenge.

GSP has been linked with bouts with a variety of opponents, but it seems the bookies are most keen on two in particular.

Bovada released futures markets for a potential 2018 bout between St-Pierre and interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, and also a bout between St-Pierre and lightweight champ Conor McGregor.

And within a matter of hours of the odds being released, it seems the bookmaker has already reversed its position on one of the bouts.

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St-Pierre was initially pegged as a -160 favorite to defeat interim champ Whittaker in a middleweight championship unification bout in 2018, with Whittaker a +130 shot.

However, those odds circulated to the media are now significantly out of date, with St-Pierre now listed as a +135 UNDERDOG against Whittaker, who is now a -165 FAVORITE, an even bigger favorite than GSP when the market was originally circulated.

Meanwhile, St-Pierre is currently a -150 favorite against Irish superstar Conor McGregor, who can be had for +120 in a potential superfight with the Canadian.

There are multiple variables involved in a match between the pair, not least the weight class they’d agree to compete in (170 lbs welterweight would be most likely), but a fight between two of the UFC’s biggest stars of all time would represent one of the biggest contests in UFC history.

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Bovada also released a third futures bout, offering odds on a potential champion versus champion clash between record-breaking UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

“Mighty Mouse” is listed as the -200 favorite, with the bigger man Dillashaw available at +160.

UFC Bout Futures for 2018 (from Bovada)

GEORGES ST-PIERRE vs ROBERT WHITTAKER
Georges St-Pierre +135 (was -160)
Robert Whittaker -165 (was +130)
Both must fight for action. Must fight in 2018 for action.

GEORGES ST-PIERRE vs CONOR McGREGOR
Georges St-Pierre -150
Conor McGregor +120
Both must fight for action. Must fight in 2018 for action.

DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON vs T.J. DILLASHAW
Demetrious Johnson -200
T.J. Dillashaw +160
Both must fight for action. Must fight in 2018 for action.

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