Former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) is revving for a potential MMA comeback. UFC president Dana White ain’t buying it just yet.
Legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach revealed earlier this month that St-Pierre recently contacted him and said he will conduct an intense, six-week training camp to see where he’s at in regards to a return. If all goes smoothly, GSP will be back. If not, he’ll be gone for good.
That sounds fine and dandy, but even if St-Pierre feels comfortable with where his skills are after taking a two-year hiatus, there’s a hunger that elite fighters have that separate them from the field, and White doesn’t believe St-Pierre has much of an appetite these days.
“It’d be great if he comes back, yes, I love Georges St-Pierre — amazing athlete — but comeback talk? I laugh at it,” White told The LA Times Thursday. “To be a world champion, you have to be hungry.
“That’s not GSP. Not even close.”
Two takeaways from White’s comment: First and foremost, White would never admit it publicly, but the UFC is in dire need of superstars. More so now than ever after its biggest star in Ronda Rousey was knocked out cold this past Saturday by Holly Holm at UFC 193. Adding their former biggest pay-per-view draw back in the mix is nothing but positive, so White might be trying to indirectly challenge St-Pierre to get back in the cage.
I know you can’t do it (while secretly praying that he does do it).
The other takeaway is, White is right, champions need that edge that others don’t possess. At the same time, UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald recently revealed that if his teammate does come back, it wouldn’t be to reclaim his welterweight crown, it would be strictly for “superfights.”
Given his accomplishments in the sport, it’s understandable why St-Pierre wouldn’t want to shoulder the burden of the responsibilities required of being a UFC champion at the age of 34.
Roach told the LA Times that St-Pierre will arrive at his famed Wild Card gym “in about 10 days” to start training.