Rumors have continued to surface in regards to former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returning to the Octagon. While the former welterweight kingpin has yet to formally announce his return to the UFC, ‘Rush’ stated in a recent interview that he is mentally ready to return.
In addition, St-Pierre went as far as to state that he would like to fight #3 ranked welterweight Demian Maia, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, or longtime rival Nick Diaz, who is coming off an 18-month suspension, and doesn’t have a fight set in the Octagon.
During a recent interview, St-Pierre addressed criticism of his inability to finish fights during the second-half of his UFC career.
Sherdog has the quotes:
“Critics said I was fighting more to win instead of finishing the fight. And it’s true,” St. Pierre said. “Towards the end I didn’t have the same anger, I didn’t have the same drive to hurt a guy and to finish it. It’s a fact. I tried to get it back but it’s very hard.
“I think the best way to get it back for me was to step out. Because it’s more of an emotion thing. I was fighting more for winning instead of going through the guy. I needed to step out to let my hunger go up.”
So far there’s been no official word yet on when St-Pierre will return to the Octagon, despite the fact that he and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have verbally agreed to a fight.