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Georges St-Pierre Talks Retirement, Says he Won’t Become a “Punching Bag” in Comeback Run

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

If Georges St-Pierre loses his next bout, it looks like his long awaited comeback run will be a short one.

Following St-Pierre’s revelation recently that his return has been delayed due to an eye injury, the former welterweight champ appeared on Tuesday’s “MMA Hour”. As it stands right now, it’s not clear who GSP will fight in his comeback result, following Dana White’s announcement that the UFC’s moved on from Michael Bisping – St-Pierre.

Well, St-Pierre was asked if he still plans to return to the UFC, even if he isn’t offered a fight with the middleweight champ. Here is some of what the Canadian star had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):

“…I need to talk to UFC and see what’s going to happen, you know? I don’t know. I always said if I come back, it needed to be a fight that excites me, a fight that can elevate me, so we’ll see. Things change in MMA fast, but on other hand, I’m 36. I just turned 36, so I need to make a move soon. When my eye gets fine, I need to make a move and I need to make a move soon. But one thing I can tell you for sure, that I’m one fight from retiring for good. This, I can tell you for sure. If I come back and I lose, this is it for me.

“I see a lot of fighters,” St-Pierre added. “I don’t want to hang there to become a punching bag for the younger people. I do not believe I’m going to lose. I think I’m at my best, my trainers think I’m at my best…”

If you’ve followed St-Pierre over the years, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 36 year-old fighter’s approach to fighting has always been about winning, and being the best. Not taking chances solely for the purpose of entertaining fans. This is why he is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and hasn’t lost a bout since 2007.

Now, if GSP does face say Bisping next, and loses a tightly contested decision, then maybe he’ll stick around for another all-star bout at a lighter weight. Then again, maybe not.

St-Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013, when he won a controversial, split decision over Johny Hendricks.

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