WHEN Georges St-Pierre took an extended sabbatical from fighting in 2013 he left the sport on top of the world.
Georges St-Pierre has recently signed a new contract with UFC after an extended break he took in 2013 after successfully defending his welterweight title for the 9th consecutive time. Now after a four year gap, GSP believes he still got what it takes to compete against the best in the game.
ONLY TIME WILL TELL!
Four years is a very long time in the life of a MMA fighter and to stay away that long and come return to the same level is next to impossible. That’s why many believe the 35-year-old is risking his untarnished legacy. They fear because the quality of fighters in the Octagon has tremendously improved, he stands little chance against them. Maybe the former three time UFC champion wants to test himself and prove his legacy against the better bread of fighters.
GSP has been a fighter all his life and fighting is the only thing he knows best and he is only 35 and still has time left to compete at the top. That is why he believes he is ready to jump in and do what he used to do. Physically and mentally GSP is feeling better than ever before.
“I think for me it’s time to come back now because I’m 35 years old. I just finished a training camp that I did to see if I could come back to the world-class level and I feel at the best shape of my life. I feel better than I’ve ever been.
“I feel the Georges St-Pierre now would beat the Georges St-Pierre that was the greatest of the time that used to compete. So I can’t wait to go back in there and show people — including myself — to test my skill and see how everything goes.”
No timeline has yet been confirmed for St-Pierre’s return but it is expected it will be in the 2nd half of 2017.
However, rumors have already started about his next opponent and bunch of names have been thrown in the mix, middleweight champion Michael “The Count” Bisping is on top of the list as both fighters have shown great interest in fighting each other. Other name is none other than the lightweight champion Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, but whoever UFC draws, it will be a huge one for sure.
Will he be able to reclaim his past glories? There is a big question mark on it!