The UFC are set to reap the benefits of a returning star next month when, at UFC 200, Brock Lesnar steps foot in the octagon for the first time since 2011.
And Mixed Martial Arts fans might not have to wait too long after next month's pay-per-view to see arguably an even bigger name make his UFC comeback.
That's after Georges St-Pierre revealed on this week's edition of 'The MMA Hour' that he is "ready" to fight after a three year break from the sport.
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"I'm ready," the 35-year-old said, via ESPN, when pushed about the possibility of coming out of retirement.
St-Pierre even revealed that he had been told by his team not to discuss the possibility of a comeback in public because negotiations were ongoing. Speaking to Ariel Helwani, however, the three-time Welterweight champion said he simply couldn't help it:
"The only thing is, I love my sport and I still feel I'm at my best right now. The clock is running. I'm not getting any younger.
"I'm in my peak of my career, and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now."
There have been plenty of rumours about a GSP comeback in recent times, but his comments this week will take things to a new level.
Undoubtedly one of the best pound-for-pound fighters to have graced the UFC octagon, his return would be yet another boost to an upcoming schedule that already boasts a number of high-profile bouts.
As for who the Quebec native would like to fight should things fall into place, he isn't shying away from any of the big names, including Michael Bisping and Conor McGregor:
"I heard that Michael Bisping said we contacted his camp for a fight, but we haven’t talked yet," the 25-2 fighter explained, via Pundit Arena. "If it’s a fight that the fans want, we can make it happen. He’s the man to beat right now.”
St-Pierre also backed himself when talk turned to a hypothetical bout against The Notorious One:
"I don’t run after these guys. I do not run after him, but if he calls me out and if it’s what the fans want…I know he is a big, huge draw – then I am interested in fighting him.
“I think I can beat him. I can beat both [McGregor and Nate Diaz]. As a fighter, I’m confident of that I am the best.
"... It’s something that I want but if it is something the UFC want too, they’ve got my number. They know where to reach me…if the fans make a buzz, if there is a buzz about it, it will happen. I’m not a big welterweight.”
Only time will tell if or when Georges St-Pierre does return. One thing is for sure, though, if he does it will mark the biggest fight of the year.
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