The potential return of Georges St-Pierre has flown under the radar this year, which comes as no real surprise when you consider the amount of talent he now has to compete with, both inside and outside of the Octagon.
The former welterweight champion reiterated his desire to return to the sport this year, and UFC 206 in Toronto seemed like the perfect setting for GSP to make his eagerly-anticipated return.
However, there appears to be a few stumbling blocks in the way of making this return happen.
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One of those is that GSP's contract with the organisation, as fighters now have to wear gear sponsored by Reebok, and this prevents him from wearing sponsors and other endorsements inside of the Octagon.
While it seems like the Canadian and his team are trying to agree to some deal, Fox Sports are reporting that president Dana White doesn’t believe the contract is holding up the situation, but he maintains GSP no longer has the desire to compete and doesn’t it anymore.
He said: “When you’re somebody that wants to fight, I’ll give you an example – (Daniel Cormier) called me, I was trying to have him sit on the shelf for a minute, I wanted to do Anthony Johnson versus (Jon Jones) but Jones’ stuff is going to be cleared up.
“(Cormier) was champion at the bit, calling me, calling me and I said ‘are you cool sitting on the side while these two fight, cause I think it builds a bigger fight for these two to fight and then come up and fight you?’
“He goes ‘I don’t love it, I prefer not to, but if that’s what you want me to do, I’ll do it.’ Then while this whole thing was playing out, nothing had been announced, and he’s calling me like ‘what’s going on? Why don’t we just fight? Why’s this guy calling me out?’ That’s the mentality of a fighter.”
White added that he doesn’t begrudge GSP for wanting to take time off from fighting, as he also had no problem granting Ronda Rousey time off when she asked for it, as he doesn’t want to force anyone to fight when the desire isn’t here.
He claims that it’s still the case with GSP, and he doesn’t buy into the fact that he wants to compete again.
He continued: “It’s like when Ronda Rousey said to me ‘I want time off.” Take as much time as you need. This isn’t a sport you can’t force people to fight. You either have it here, and you want it, or you don’t.
“Georges St-Pierre hasn’t had it in here for a long time. I know guys that want to fight, and he’s not one of them.”
Plenty of rumours had been going around regarding potential fights for GSP, a super fight with Conor McGregor was brought up by Jose Aldo, Tyron Woodley also called him out, and it looked as if Anderson Silva was a serious option too.
Fight fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, though, judging by White’s comments, it looks like GSP days inside of the Octagon are over.
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