Will he or will he not?
This is the question that hounds every MMA or GSP fan about the reported come back of Georges St-Pierre to the Octagon.
For Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, he believes that the former welterweight champion cannot stay away for a long time and eventually get bitten by the bug. In an article published in MMA fighting, he believes that it’s just a matter of time and everything will depend on the other guy in the ring.
“I would say yes, if I had to venture, I would say that he comes back in 2016. Again it’s no guarantee and I’m not confirming that,” Zahabi said. “I think he is a motivated guy, he is in shape. I think for him it’s just the fight that excites him.”
The reported comeback of GSP was fueled by a now-deleted tweet by Under Armour back in February claiming that the French-Canadian former welterweight king was “out of retirement and into the Octagon.” Back in January, Zihabi himself confirmed that a “test training camp” was already underway. The reported comeback of St-Pierre was made public by Quebec’s FM93 reporter Dan Pou, who said that an announcement will be made in the coming days.
The report of Pou was denied by GSP and his manager Rodolphe Beaulie in separate staements to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.
While GSP continues to train and polish his skills regularly, Zahabi believes that it will take a special matchup to really pull the former champion into the Octagon for at least one more fight. It really boils down to his motivation.
“Georges has won many titles, he’s been in many fights. There’s nothing for him to gain. He’s got plenty of money,” Zahabi explained. “There’s nothing for him to gain than to do it for fun or for sheer pleasure. So if he finds something that’s fun and pleasurable and he’s excited about doing, that’s what’s going to pull the trigger.”
Georges St-Pierre has been away from MMA for more than two years already since he has abdicated his UFC welterweight title after a controversial split decision win over Johnny Hendricks in UFC 167.
In the end, the decision will still be up to GSP on whether or not he will comeback to the UFC.
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