Although former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre has stuck by his “I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no” stance about a return to the Octagon, his former boss, Dana White, has given up hope that one of his biggest stars will ever fight again.
“I don’t think so,” White said at a recent UFC 193 fan Q&A event in Australia. “GSP is rich, he’s hanging out, he’s living the good life.
“He’s made a lot of money, he’s accomplished a lot of things, and I don’t see him ever coming back, no.”
St-Pierre last set foot in the Octagon nearly three years ago, when he defended his belt for the ninth consecutive time by defeating Johny Hendricks by split decision. He holds numerous records, holding the most victories in UFC history, most UFC title fight wins, most consecutive welterweight title defenses, and numerous others.
St-Pierre was one of the highest paid UFC fighters in the Octagon and outside of it, via sponsorships, when he walked away.
Much like fellow champion Ronda Rousey, St-Pierre has starred in several movies. He stars alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in the new “Kickboxer: Vengeance” film, which is slated for a 2016 release.
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St-Pierre has said that he continues to train and could be ready to return to fighting at a moment’s notice, but White doesn’t believe he has the hunger necessary to compete at the same level that he’s used to.
“In this sport you have to be hungry, you have to jump out of bed everyday and want it, you got to want to win. You’ve got to want to be a world champion,” said White. “He’s had it. He’s accomplished all that stuff.”