Georges St. Pierre hasn’t ruled out a return to the UFC. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Despite what UFC President Dana White might say, don’t rule out a Georges St. Pierre comeback just yet.
In the latest twist in the “will he or won’t he” saga that’s been ongoing since St. Pierre announced he was taking an indefinite leave from mixed martial arts, the ex-welterweight champ refuted White’s recent claim that he had lost his hunger for the sport.
“He says he’s sure I won’t come back, that’s his opinion,” St. Pierre recently told the Winnipeg Sun. “I train, I keep myself in shape. I have marks on my body because my body bruises easily and I’m training hard.”
“It doesn’t mean I’m coming back, but it doesn’t mean I’m not coming back. I’m thinking about it.”
Since his exit, St. Pierre has been quite vocal regarding the UFC’s need to implement a more stringent drug-testing policy. The Las Vegas-based promotion recently held a press conference announcing plans to do exactly that, with a revamped program that is expected to include both in- and out-of-competition testing for all fighters on the roster as well as harsher penalties for offenders.
St. Pierre will believe it when he sees it. Until specific action is taken, “Rush” guarantees that he won’t come anywhere near a UFC Octagon.
“So far, there’s been some nice words, but nothing’s been done,” he said. “As long as they do nothing, I for sure won’t come back.”
Whether he does or doesn’t return to the UFC, St. Pierre is currently focused on the success of Tristar Gym teammate Rory MacDonald, who is set to challenge Robbie Lawler for welterweight gold at UFC 189. However, St. Pierre believes he isn’t too far from being able to compete again if he ever does have a change of heart.
“What would give me the most pleasure is to see Rory take the title,” he said. “I feel like I would have accomplished something new. My duty is to help him up. Right now, I am where I am, and if it had to end, I ended at the top. I ever want to go back, I’d snap my fingers and it wouldn’t be too hard to get back in fighting form.”