I know, we’ve been hearing for months that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (pictured) might return to mixed martial arts. However, it appears now there is some serious traction behind the chatter.
Legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, who has worked extensively with St-Pierre in the past and as recently as one week ago, said there is a specific plan in place, which includes a full-out six-week training camp, for the 34-year-old to test the comeback waters.
“So we came up with a process,” Roach told Fight Hub. “He’s going to train for a fight. He’s going to have a six-week training camp, and at the end of the six weeks, if he feels like he’s ready to fight, and he’s hungry for it like he always has been, he’s going to do it. He’s going to fight one more time.
“So, if he doesn’t feel it, and he feels like it’s just not there, he’s going to let it go and he’s going to retire. I think it’s a really good idea. I think it’s really, really smart to do that. To see where he’s at in his mind, does he really want to fight again or not. I really look forward to this training camp.”
St-Pierre voluntarily relinquished his welterweight crown a month after beating Johny Hendricks in November 2013 to “take a break from MMA.” He’s the most decorated UFC champ the division has ever seen with nine consecutive title defenses.
TriStar teammate Rory MacDonald said last month that during his conversations with St-Pierre, a potential comeback would have nothing to do with reclaiming the throne he willingly left behind. If GSP returned, it would be strictly for “superfights.”
Unfortunately for St-Pierre, the ship for a superfight at a weight class around 170 pounds sailed years ago. The primary name that comes up is former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but “The Spider” hasn’t posted a win in his last three outings and is coming off a steroid suspension.
If we’re talking a “superfight” that makes a comeback worthwhile for St-Pierre, it’s going to be slim pickings. But, let’s just get through this six-week trail training camp first and see what happens.