A lot of fans are wondering if Georges St-Pierre will be the same force he was, when he left the game back in 2013, but the former champ sounds pretty confident he will be.
Recently, after months of speculation as to whether GSP would indeed return to the cage, Dana White announced that the promotion has signed the Canadian star to a new deal. It remains to be seen when and who St-Pierre will fight in his return, but the expectation is that his comeback will go down in the third quarter of 2017.
Since it was announced that St-Pierre has a new contract, Hayabusa posted a short ad, featuring the 35 year-old fighter. In it, here is some of what GSP had to say about his abilities, compared to the man who sat atop the 170 division several years ago (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“I feel better than I’ve ever been,” said St.Pierre. “I feel that the Georges St-Pierre now would beat the Georges St-Pierre that was the greatest of the time that I used to compete. So I can’t wait to go back in there and show people, including myself – test my self, test my skill – to see how everything goes.”
If St-Pierre is indeed better now, than he was back in 2011, 2012 etc, then his comeback run is going to be even more interesting than most expected. Of course, one could argue that the fighters of today, are better than the opposition St-Pierre was facing back then. Yes, even if it was only a few years ago.
It’s not clear yet what division St-Pierre will return to. He’s expressed an interest in fighting middleweight champ Michael Bisping, but White also reported that GSP said he thinks 155 is not out of reach. Now that his teammate Rory MacDonald is over in Bellator, however, might GSP want to take another run at the 170 belt?