Georges St-Pierre has revealed that he lacked motivation for his last fight, against Johny Hendricks, and that he needs to find some before a possible return.
St-Pierre declared after his fight against Hendricks last year that he would look to take some time off and confirmed his departure by vacating the title the following month, in December.
Hendricks has since gone on to win the title, beating Robbie Lawler in March but for St-Pierre, there's no rush to return to the ring.
Speaking to a small media contingency outside of a gym in Berlin, where he is for the UFC Fight 41 this Saturday, St-Pierre told the media of his lack of motivation.
"I've been doing this for a long time, since I was 19,” he said. "I'm 33 now. When I fought Condit, I was very hungry. I was very happy to be there. I wanted to do it a lot. Diaz, a little bit less. And the last training camp I had with Hendricks, I didn't have the same motivation. It went down, and I need to get back to that feeling of hunger.
“I need to get the motivation back. It's hard because it’s always the same routine, the same thing. And I need to fix some things in my life to make it more efficient. Once everything can be done, maybe I'll come back. We'll see how it goes. But I can't say yes, I can't say no, because I just don't know right now."
It wasn't just lack of motivation that pushed St-Pierre towards his decision. He revealed that he has struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and that had a variety of issues with how the UFC was handling their drug testing policy.
Although when asked about Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira and the random spot tests done by the UFC, he said "I haven't followed that". Which is weird when he made it such an issue.
He did continue to hype up the welterweight division though which has undergone a transformation as several top tier talents have climbed the rankings, leading to a big boom of interest in the welterweight division.
Johny Hendricks might be the UFC champion, but he's going to have plenty of competition if he wants to keep his belt.
Robbie Lawler, Matt Brown, Dong Hyun Kim, Hector Lombard and Tyron Woodley are currently leading the pack, with Brown and Lawler set to face off for a number one contender's shot.
For St-Pierre, his focus is on Rory MacDonald, his training partner and #2 contender in the UFC's Rankings.
"It's true – it is the most exciting time because they have a lot of different contenders. It's a lot of new guys. They're not veterans. I mean, some of them are veterans that were not there before, so it’s a lot of new faces."
"I'm very happy and very excited, and my friend and training partner Rory MacDonald is part of that group, and I think he is going to be champion." he said.
While the UFC and fans await for news on St-Pierre's official return or retirement, the division continues to prosper as it transitions away from the St-Pierre era and it might just be that St-Pierre got out at just the right time.
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