But the way Zahabi figures it, anyone who wants to start thinking about a MacDonald vs. St-Pierre title fight, the timing might just work out perfectly for a smooth transition. When St-Pierre is ready to hang up the gloves, MacDonald should be just about ready to be a champ in Zahabi's eyes – though he didn't speculate on how soon that might be.
And the idea of MacDonald seeing just how well St-Pierre does for himself as champion, and having that make him want to put friendship aside to go for the title, doesn't hold water for Zahabi.
"There's a lot of greed in the world, but not everybody's like that," he said. "There are more important things than money. Rory makes a lot of money, as well. He's very successful. When Georges is retiring, Rory will be nearing his peak, I think. I don't think it's worth making such a show out of it."