It remains to be seen if Georges St-Pierre remains the top tier, championship level fighter he was when he left the game in 2013, but his boxing coach clearly believes he can be.
Last week, Dana White announced that the UFC and St-Pierre have finally, come to terms on a new contract. As a result, the former welterweight champ is expected to return to the Octagon later this year. The question is, however, who will he fight, and how will he perform?
Well, recently boxing guru Freddie Roach was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, who has been one of St-Pierre’s coaches for sometime now. During the interview, Roach reported that he knew last year, when he spent time training with GSP, that the Canadian would be back (quote via MMA Fighting):
“You can see things when people start slowing down as a trainer,” Roach said. “I will tell people to retire when they need to. At this point, I thought Georges had a lot more fights left in him.”
“We didn’t to come back just to come back,” Roach added. “We wanted to come back to be world champion. We wanted to be the best.”
St-Pierre’s return will likely be one of the year’s biggest story lines, particularly if he comes back and takes out a big name, or wins a title. The Tristar fighter is already considered one of the all time greats, so if he does add another title to his resume or an impressive win, could he move into G.O.A.T status?
But, as many will point out, GSP hasn’t fought since 2013, and by the time he returns to the Octagon, he’ll likely be 36 year’s old. So, if he can still compete at the upper tiers of the sport, it will truly be remarkable.