Immediately following his controversial victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 back in 2013, Georges St-Pierre told the crowd, “A lot is going on in my life. I have to step away. Right now I have to go away for a little bit.” UFC President Dana White immediately blew it off, saying GSP would be back and even talking up a rematch between him and Hendricks.
GSP never did come back, but there have been seemingly constant rumors of his return in the years since his emotional de facto retirement. Well, with the knowledge that St-Pierre will be at UFC 200 he decided to put all of that to bed by making it clear he’ll never fight again.
“Georges St-Pierre will not fight again,” White bluntly told a group of reporters when questioned about a GSP comeback. “I’ve said that before and I’ll say it again, Georges St-Pierre is done. He is retired, he will not fight again.”
White was then asked if he knew that because GSP told him, to which he said “He doesn’t have to tell me that. I’ve dealt with him, and we’ve been dealing with this thing. I’ve been in this since I was 19 years old I know the mentality of a fighter that wants to fight and I know the mentality of a fighter that does not want to fight.”
And on the comeback rumors, and there are plenty including returning to fight the UFC Middleweight Champion that everybody wants a shot at Michael Bisping, Dana isn’t buying that either. “He’s been saying that for a long time. I wholeheartedly believe you will never see Georges St-Pierre in the Octagon again unless he’s cornering somebody.”
As always, Dana was extremely vocal, talking about everything from the WWE’s involvement in UFC 200 and the relationship between the two companies, Dan Henderson’s new UFC deal and more. Check out the whole video, courtesy of Fight Network below.