Although it’s been over 18 months since Georges St. Pierre vacated the UFC’s welterweight title, and some folks believe his fighting days are done, his coach thinks the star will scrap again.
St. Pierre has admitted that he’s thinking about making a comeback, for a little while now, but no news has come on that front. Since GSP hasn’t fought since November, 2013, and is now 34 years old, more than a few people have theorized the Canadian won’t return.
Well, GSP’s coach at Tristar, Firas Zahabi, has said on more than a few occasions that he believes the fighter will return. While speaking to “Inside MMA” recently, Zahabi stated this (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“He’s training like he used to train when he was preparing for a fight. I think he’ll come back and he’ll do it, but I think he’ll do it for the adventure. He’s not very much into a title. He’s not very much interested in being the most famous guy. That’s not his thing. He loves the thrill of competition. I just don’t think he will walk away.”
“When they put his name on a poster again there’s gonna have to be another colossal name, an historical name next to it.”
A lot of what Zahabi says here makes sense. GSP has talked about the pressures of being champ, so if he were to return, only taking ‘super fights’ would be good way to avoid this. While 99% of fighters aren’t in a position to do that, or even ask the UFC to book those kinds of fights exclusively, we’re talking about GSP. One of the biggest draws the sport has ever had.
In addition, since Tristar’s Rory MacDonald could lay claim to the belt on July 11th at UFC 189, St. Pierre has another reason to not re-enter the title shot mix.