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Georges St-Pierre opens as betting favorite over UFC champ Tyron Woodley

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Is Georges St-Pierre returning to the UFC to challenge new welterweight champion Tyron Woodley? No one knows for sure, though if he does, he'll jump right back to where he left off as Bovada oddsmakers opened St-Pierre as a -150 betting favorite over Woodley (+120) in the potential match-up Tuesday, even despite St-Pierre's three-year absence from the sport.

The odds come days after Woodley threw the UFC welterweight division into disarray with a first-round knockout win over former champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 201. Upon winning the title, Woodley called out both St-Pierre and fan-favorite Nick Diaz, rather than the division's No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson.

St-Pierre subsequently told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that a fight against Woodley did indeed interest him for his UFC comeback.

St-Pierre, 35, is widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete in mixed martial arts. The legendary Canadian is a two-time UFC champion who defended his title nine consecutive times from 2008 until vacating the belt in 2013. St-Pierre has not fought since Nov. 2013, when he stepped away from the sport following a controversial win over Johny Hendricks.

In June, St-Pierre ended years of speculation by announcing his desire to return to professional fighting for one last good run.

"I love my sport and I still feel I'm at my best right now," St-Pierre said on The MMA Hour. "The clock is running. I'm not getting any younger. I'm in the peak of my career and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now."

Since winning the UFC title, Woodley has campaigned for a fight against St-Pierre as his top pick for his first title defense -- and considering St-Pierre's mutual interest, Woodley may indeed get what he wants.

"Georges St-Pierre is the best of all-time," Woodley said on The MMA Hour. "I can say I'm better than Georges, but I've not competed against him so I can't really make that bold statement. If Georges St-Pierre decides that he wants to come back and he's interested in fighting me, which he is, that's going to be my No. 1 pick."

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