Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is about to return to MMA in the near future after being out of the cage for three years. The 35-year-old St-Pierre says he lost the desire/anger to hurt his opponents and was looking instead to just try and find a way to win the match by a decision.
Indeed, St-Pierre’s last seven matches over a four year period from 2009 to 2013 ended in decisions. St-Pierre’s last stoppage was way back in January 2009, when he stopped B.J. Penn in the 4th round at UFC 94.
It’s hard to picture St-Pierre having more aggression now that he’s coming back after three years outside of MMA. How do you get the results you want when you’re older and have been inactive. I think it works in the opposite way. The older a fighter gets in the UFC, the less aggressive they seem and their success rate drops off. MMA is a young man’s sport. If you get old, then you get taken apart by the younger lions of the sports. It’s a cycle. The younger fighters that are in the sport now will age eventually and find themselves preyed upon by younger fighters sooner or later.
“Critics said I was fighting more to win instead of finishing the fight and it’s true,” St-Pierre said in a documentary called, ‘The Hurt business.’ “Toward the end, I didn’t have the same anger; I didn’t have the same drive to hurt the guy and to finish it. And it’s a fact. I tried to get it back, but it is very hard and I think the best way to get it back for me is step out, because it’s more an emotion thing.”
St-Pierre wants to fight on December 10 at UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada. It still remains to be seen if St-Pierre will return to the octagon. UFC president Dana White reportedly doesn’t believe that St-Pierre will ever return to the sport.
“Dana White makes a lot of comments, but Dana White always will do what serves him best on a business standpoint,” St-Pierre said on “The Hurt Business.” “He didn’t want me to leave like this. He wanted me to come back, to get people to tune in, to make me come back. But it was time for me to take a break.”