It isn’t exactly a well kept secret that Georges St-Pierre was exploring the potential of a return to the UFC, but he has now stressed that time is of the essence.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s MMA Hour, GSP confirmed he is looking to end his three-years away from the Octagon.
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As reported by MMA Fighting, GSP said:
I’m ready. I’m an emotional guy. My agents, even before I came on the show today, they briefed me. They said, ‘don’t say this, don’t say that.’ They briefed me, they said, ‘we’re in negotiations, remember, blah, blah, blah.’ Like, yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I’m not a kid. But I’m an emotional guy, and when I get emotional sometimes, I say things that are necessarily in the best of my interests, and I’m trying to not go overboard with that.
But 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 the 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.
The Canadian fighter – widely regarded as the best welterweight in UFC history – has added substance to his rumoured return by confirming he has been at a training camp.
What I did is I did a training camp to see where I’m at. I’ve been training, but being in shape and being in fighting shape is something different. I did a training to push myself and go back to the highest level of competition.
I didn’t fight, but I put myself through a training camp and I sparred and everything, and I did it successfully. Now I know for a fact that I could go back and fight, if my management and the UFC get to an agreement.
‘Rush’ won’t be coming back for just any old fight, but he did acknowledge a title match with Michael Bisping could be an option.
I have a lot to lose in this, because I finished on top. I finished as champion, and that’s the way everybody would like to leave the sport — on top, healthy, and wealthy — and I did it.
If I go back and, it needs to be for something big. I think for my first fight, it needs to be for something big, and that’ll give me the swing and the momentum to do it again and again and again for another run.
First Brock Lesnar gains permission to fight at UFC 200, now GSP’s return seems tantalisingly close – 2016 isn’t going badly for fight fans!
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