UFC President Dana White has ruled out a possibility of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre coming back to MMA to resume his career in a fight against 41-year-old UFC star Anderson Silva at UFC 206. White says it’s definitely not going to happen. He feels that St-Pierre is done as a competitor and won’t be returning to the sport at this point.
White says that St-Pierre didn’t like competing when he was still fighting several years ago, and he definitely doesn’t want it enough for him to come out of retirement after three years out of the sport. St-Pierre last fought in 2013 in defeating Johny Hendricks by a five round unanimous decision in November 2013 at UFC 167.
White said via MMAfighting.com:
“That’s not true. So not true. I know everybody keeps talking about — GSP isn’t even close. I’m telling you again, I don’t think GSP wants to fight. I keep saying this. You guys know fighters as much as I know fighters, do you think GSP wants to fight? GSP wasn’t crazy about fighting when he was fighting! Now three years later he’s just dying to fight? He’s not. I don’t think he is.”
There are many reasons why White may be dismissing the idea of St-Pierre making a comeback to fight Silva. He might not be interested n coming back. There could be truth in what White is saying. Of course, something more believable would be White wanting to be the one that breaks the news to MMA fans at the right time. It’s not good for him reveal the news now before the fight is even ready to be announced. It wouldn’t make the most news if White were to tell the media about it right now. It’s not his style to leak the information to the media before the fight is official. At least this way he can keep it on the down low until the fight is ready to be announced.
Silva, 41, would be the perfect tune-up for St-Pierre, because he hasn’t won a fight in four years since 201, and he looks totally shot. Silva has lost four out of his last five fights. He’s perfect for St-Pierre. The fight would get a lot of attention from MMA fans. At this point you can’t really know for sure if St-Pierre is going to come back or not. I think it would be a mistake for fans to buy into what White is saying, because he could have reasons for not telling the fans now.
“That fight is definitely not going to happen,” said White. “I don’t think GSP ever returns. And in some cases, that’s not a bad thing. The guy retired, he went out on top, he’s looked at as one of the greatest to ever do it and I just think he lost that fire a long time ago. For some reason – he’s got his own person reasons – he likes to keep his name out there like he might be coming back and everybody is anticipating his return, but at the end of the day I don’t think he wants it.”