Dana White Believes That Former Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre Will Not Return To UFC

Published on April 8th, 2015 8:28 pm EST

It has now been a year and a half since Georges St. Pierre last fought in the UFC.

Following his controversial title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, St. Pierre announced that he would be dropping his Welterweight title and taking an extended hiatus from the UFC. At the time, St. Pierre said that he had some personal issues that he had to deal with.

Georges St. Pierre, who is one of the biggest draws in the history of the UFC, was sadly missed by the promotion. It's no coincidence that 2014 was one of the most tumultuous years in the history of the UFC, as they were missing two of their biggest PPV draws of all time (GSP and Brock Lesnar).

Complicating things was an injury to St. Pierre (torn ACL) that seemed to push him further away from a return to the UFC. Late last year, St. Pierre revealed that he had successfully rehabbed his knee and was going to resume training. In addition, a meeting between Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and GSP in Montreal led many to speculate that St. Pierre was planning on returning to the promotion.

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UFC President Dana White was recently asked about St. Pierre and revealed that he wouldn't be surprised if the former champion elected to stay retired. St. Pierre is a wealthy man, White said, and may have lost his hunger to compete.

St. Pierre quickly responded in the press, stating that he did still, in fact, have the hunger and that he was training hard. St. Pierre did state, however, that he was more interested in helping his teammates at the present time, as Rory MacDonald will soon be fighting for the title.

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St. Pierre will soon be turning 34 years of age and has been fighting since 2002. While he could certainly return to the UFC and make bucket loads of money, St. Pierre doesn't really seem to be the type of fighter that is motivated by money. It seems that St. Pierre would certainly want to fight for the title, should he return to the UFC. The wrinkle in this discussion is the fact that his friend and training partner, Rory MacDonald, may hold the title as of July 11th. If MacDonald wins the title (St. Pierre has already promised that he would never fight MacDonald), what does St. Pierre have to come back for?


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