Dana White was confident that Georges St-Pierre would return to the Octagon in 2015, but clearly the UFC President has changed his mind.
Not long ago, St-Pierre applauded the UFC’s plans to fund more extensive drug testing, and even admitted he’s had the “itch” to fight, but the 33 year-old hasn’t committed to a comeback. Recently, White appeared on FOX Sports’ The Jay & Dan Podcast, and here is some of what he had to say about the former welterweight champ (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m on the fence; I’m leaning toward he’s not coming back these days,” White said. “He’s rich. He’s rich and doesn’t really have to do anything anymore if he doesn’t want to. He’s filming some movies. He’s doing some fun stuff.”
“Fighting is one of those sports that you’ve got to be hungry and you’ve got to want it,” White said. “He hasn’t been hungry for a long time for a lot of things. He’s got a lot of money, he’s young, he’s got a lot other options and he’s going out on top. (But) I’m not announcing Georges St-Pierre’s retirement here.”
It’s easy to understand why White said what he did, as GSP did make a ton of cash during his storied reign, and really, he doesn’t have much to gain by fighting again. Further, it’s nearly been 18 months since the Canadian star announced he was taking a hiatus from fighting, after he decisioned Johny Hendricks in November, 2013. He’s also been forced to undergo a second knee surgery during this time, and coming back from that is never easy.
But, you never know. Perhaps GSP will decide to come back in an effort to erase any doubts about his controversial win over Hendricks? Or perhaps there’s a specific opponent he’s always wanted to face? If his teammate and friend, Rory MacDonald, becomes welterweight champ at UFC 189, then St-Pierre won’t have to worry about pressures of being champion.
Considering we’re quickly approaching summertime, and GSP will turn 34 in May, you have to wonder if he might announce a final decision, either way, soon.