UFC legend GSP hints at potential comeback: “I’m glad I’m free”
MMA legend Georges St-Pierre recently revealed that his contract with the UFC has finally run its course – years after his retirement from the sport.
“Rush” St-Pierre is currently busy promoting this weekend’s boxing bout between YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC middleweight champion (and GOAT contender) Anderson Silva. St-Pierre was at one point close to debuting in the squared circle himself, but was prevented from achieving that dream by the UFC.
“I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight,” St-Pierre told Cinema Blend in an earlier interview. “However, it would have been fun. Because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. I’m turning 40 years old tomorrow; I’m going to be 40 years old. It’s a young man’s game.
“However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favorite boxer of all time, behind Sugar Ray Leonard.”
During the ceremonial weigh-ins ahead of this weekend’s Jake Paul event, St-Pierre was asked about his contract status. “Rush” revealed that his contract with the UFC has expired.
“I don’t know the exact date, but I’m glad I’m free,” St-Pierre told MMA Junkie during the ceremonial weigh-ins for Paul vs. Silva. “I can do whatever I want. But my days of trying to prove I’m the strongest guy in the world are gone, you know what I mean?
“My heart is not there anymore to do this. I just enjoy being here as a promoter. I’m healthy, which is the most important, wealthy and I don’t need to do it, I do it because I love it.”
At 41 years of age St-Pierre is aware that his prime is now a thing of the past, and he’s not too keen on challenging top fighters. However, that doesn’t mean that his desire to compete has disappeared.
“I could do something, but it needs to be something well organized, and maybe something where the risks of injury are to the minimum, not something that’s too crazy because my days of competing are over. If I do it, I will do it well and train my ass off. You never say never, but it needs to be in the right timing. We’ll see.”
St-Pierre’s decision to co-promote Paul vs. Silva could have been influenced by a desire to take on the winner in boxing. The UFC legend doesn’t have any concrete plans to share just yet, but seems eager to compete again.
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