The incessant rumors are true — GSP is coming back. Now we’re coming up on three years since Georges St-Pierre edged out Johnny Hendricks for his ninth straight UFC welterweight title defense. After the fight, he famously said he needed to take some time for himself, and questioned the UFC’s lack of drug testing as one of the seemingly many reasons he was going to take time away. A falling out with Dana White ensued, and a torn ACL in 2014 further delayed any potential comeback, but the 35-year-old welterweight GOAT has rekindled his passion for fighting and announced today on The MMA Hour that he’s open to a comeback. The UFC just has to call.
Of course, like anything GSP does, the decision was made after a meticulous regimen of training and self-reflection.
“I did a training camp to see where I’m at because I was training. Being in shape and being in fighting shape is something different. I did a training camp to push myself and go back to the same, highest level of competition. I didn’t fight, but I put myself through a training camp and I sparred and everything and I did it successfully.
“Now I know for a fact I could go back and fight if my management and the UFC get to an agreement.”
But what would that fight be? He never lost his welterweight title, and will likely be considered the best welterweight ever regardless of what happens throughout the future of MMA, but GSP seems over his belt. He wants records now. He took three years away from the sport and in that time, a few fighters have crept up on his records. One being new middleweight champion Michael Bisping.