35-year-old former three-time welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is being talked about for a comeback after three years to fight at UFC 206 on December 10 in Toronto, according to Yahoo Sports News. St-Pierre hasn’t fought since beating Johnny Hendricks by a decision in UFC 167 in November 2013.
St-Pierre was being talked about coming back in 2014, but a torn ACL in his left knee made it impossible for him to return to the octagon at that time.
St-Pierre still doesn’t have an opponent for his comeback. It obviously wouldn’t be fair to “Rush” if he gets matched too tough with him coming back after three years out of MMA. You would hope that UFC president Dana White doesn’t put St-Pierre in with a real tough guy, because the chances of it ending badly with poor results would be high for the 35-year-old former welterweight star. However, it looks quite possible that St-Pierre will be put in with a really good opponent.
Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping are two names that are rumored to be possibilities for St-Pierre. If he faces either of those guys in his comeback bout, then you have to see the fight as a cash out type of match rather than one where St-Pierre is slowly being brought back to resume his career. You don’t just throw a guy into the cage against those type of fighters after they’ve been out of MMA for as long as St-Pierre.
It doesn’t make any sense at all unless it’s a one off cash out fight. Then it makes all the sense in the world. As a fan of MMA, I wouldn’t be too interested in paying to see St-Pierre take on one of those guys straightaway if he’s not going to be given a three to five tune-up matches to see where he’s at and to get the rust out.
St-Pierre’s trainer, Firas Zahabi, said to ESPN.com that he was “in Montreal right now…getting his body in shape to make a splash soon.” In June, the man himself made an appearance on The MMA Hour, telling Ariel Helwani that “I know for a fact I could go back and fight if my management and the UFC get to an agreement.”
St-Pierre needs to take it easy in his first fight back after three years. At 35, he’s up there in age, and MMA is a young man’s sport for the most part. It’s going to be bad news for St-Pierre if he gets tossed into the octagon with a young talent like Nate Diaz, because he’s too long in the tooth and he’s got too much accumulated rust for him to win a match against fresh and active fighter like Diaz in my opinion.