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Dana White Talks GSP, Says he Won’t Pressure Former Champ to Return

Kelsey Mowatt

Georges St. Pierre

Georges St-Pierre has said for sometime that he wants to see more stringent and reliable drug testing in MMA, before he considers a comeback, and recently the UFC announced steps to do just that. So, has the promotion reached out to the former welterweight champ to see where his heads at, in terms of making a return?

Well, recently Dana White spoke to AXS TV’s Ron Kruck, and while discussing GSP and whether he might return, the UFC President stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):

“I haven’t really spoken to him,” White said. “I’ve asked him if he wants to fight and things like that. You know, this is one of those sports – I say this all the time – if a guy doesn’t want to fight, the last thing you want to do is pressure a guy to fight. Georges St-Pierre doesn’t want to fight. And, if Georges St-Pierre wants to retire? I get it. He goes out on top, he’s made a lot of money, and he’s doing movies now. If he’s ready to retire, I’m never going to be the guy to pressure him into coming back.”

“You have to want to do this, and apparently Georges doesn’t,” White furthered.

Now, after the UFC announced it was going to fund more extensive and random drug testing by the middle of this year, GSP said he was “very happy” about the news. But, the 33 year-old fighter hasn’t said he’s coming back, despite all the speculation that he might. St-Pierre spent much of last year sidelined due to another ACL injury, and only recently, did he begin to train more intensely.

In addition, as White noted, GSP has made a lot of money, and went out with the title. So although the UFC would love to see him return, and move pay-per-view buys, one could say he has little to gain by making a comeback. Especially if his teammate Rory MacDonald goes on to defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 and secures the welterweight belt.

Although, you never know; maybe GSP is itching to throw down with Johny Hendricks again. The latter is set to battle Matt Brown at UFC 185 on March 15th.

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