Despite remarks by UFC president Dana White, and the months piling up away from active competition, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre isn’t completely closing the door on a return.
St-Pierre vacated the title following a decision win over Johny Hendricks for his ninth consecutive defense. He has kept himself busy with training, working with other fighters at Tristar Gym and even appearing in the latest “Captain America” film.
“He (White) says he’s sure I won’t come back, that’s his opinion,” St-Pierre told The Winnipeg Sun. “I train, I keep myself in shape. 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.”
GSP made it public knowledge that he was not happy with the UFC’s drug testing program at the time of his decision to leave, but the promotion has changed course and is enforcing stricter testing and harsher penalties.
“So far, there’s been some nice words, but nothing’s been done,” he said, regarding the testing. “As long as they do nothing, I for sure won’t come back.”
While the title he previously held has moved from Johny Hendricks to Robbie Lawler, his training partner, Rory MacDonald, can bring it back to Canada later this year. MacDonald meets Lawler at UFC 189 in Las Vegas.
“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.
“If I ever want to go back, I’d snap my fingers and it wouldn’t be too hard to get back in fighting form.”