There have been so many rumors about Georges St. Pierre making a comeback but not one came from the man himself. That has changed now.
St. Pierre announced his return to fighting in an interview with the MMA Hour on Monday. Said GSP when asked point blank if the rumors were indeed true:
“Exactly. That’s what I’m saying. I’m ready. I’m an emotional guy. My agents, even before I came on the show today, they briefed me. They said, ‘don’t say this, don’t say that.’ They briefed me, they said, ‘we’re in negotiations, remember, blah, blah, blah.’ Like, yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I’m not a kid. But I’m an emotional guy, and when I get emotional sometimes, I say things that are necessarily in the best of my interests, and I’m trying to not go overboard with that. But the only thing is, I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now. 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.”
At 35 year of age, the time to do it is indeed now.
Georges St. Pierre hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks in 2013. Before that though, he was as dominant as a champion could be. GSP defended the welterweight title 9 times from 2007 to 2013 but left unceremoniously and without warning. Much has changed since GSP left the sport but without doubt, the fans still want him back.
While he says his management team is still ironing out his deal with the UFC, GSP hinted on his possible comeback fight:
“I have a lot to lose in this, because I finished on top. I finished as champion, and that’s the way everybody would like to leave the sport — on top, healthy, and wealthy — and I did it. If I go back and, it needs to be for something big. I think for my first fight, it needs to be for something big, and that’ll give me the swing and the momentum to do it again and again and again for another run.”
St. Pierre’s name has floated around as newly crowned Middleweight king Michael Bisping’s next foe. Prior to that he was also linked to a UFC 200 bout with welterweight champ Robbie Lawler. Regardless of who he’ll face next though, what’s important is that Georges St. Pierre is back where he belongs.