Georges St-Pierre would have the freedom to take any fight he likes if he ever returns to the UFC, Dana White has admitted.
Speaking to UFC.com's 'The Download with Dana White', the UFC President said that he feels St-Pierre still has several more years and fights ahead of him and that he would let the Canadian star return on his terms.
While White is wary that St-Pierre could still retire, he thinks that's not how he would like to go out.
Title or not - it's his choice
“It would be tough to deny that GSP comes right back and doesn’t fight for the title, you know what I mean? GSP can do whatever he wants. If he wants to come back and fight for the title, or if he wants a fight before that - he can do whatever he wants," White said.
White certainly thinks that St-Pierre will fight again, especially after the way he went out of the sport after defeating Johny Hendricks.
“It’s always a huge debate on a guy who’s had a career like GSP – to go out on top and walk away with the belt,” he added.
“That’s a personal decision that a fighter has to make. Being the competitor that GSP is, I can’t see GSP doing it. But that’s up to him."
A return in 2015 appears to be the most likely - and what White thinks will happen - and it would be one of the most eagerly anticipated returns alongside that of Anderson Silva, the latter a potential opponent for St-Pierre.
St Pierre vs. Silva?
To return for superfights could be a potential out for St-Pierre, who may take the same approach as Silva and consider his time as champion as over.
While St-Pierre didn't lose the title like Silva did, the division has still moved on without him, with the likes of Hendricks, Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald leading the next generation of welterweights.
Silva has emphasised that the rest of his career now is going to be spent fighting the people he wants to fight and those that interest him. If St-Pierre is one of them, it could achieve the biggest numbers since UFC 100.
Superfight talk between Silva and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was the dominant conversation topic before Silva's first fight with Weidman, so he's no stranger to the hype.
Whether the hype will ever amount to something when it comes to a Silva superfight, only time will tell. But with St-Pierre free of divisional commitments, never say never.