St. Pierre: ‘I wasn’t motivated for Hendricks Fight’
Reporters caught up with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in Berlin yesterday as he supported his teammate Francis Carmont for his bout on Saturday. While St. Pierre usually gives small teasers and hints about a possible return, this round with the press alluded to very little, and only emphasized his own uncertainty about his return to the sport.
The former champ is currently still recovering from a second torn ACL and did not give a definite timetable for when he felt like he could resume training, but he remained hopeful and optimistic about the situation.
“I had the same procedure on my right knee, and my leg came back stronger,” he said. “I will have two good knees, so it will be a good thing.”
As always, the conversation shifted to the welterweight division and what he thought of all of the new and rising talent.
“It’s true – it is the most exciting time, because they have a lot of different contenders,” St-Pierre said. “It’s a lot of new guys – they’re not veterans. I mean, some of them are veterans that were not there before, so it’s a lot of new faces.”
While Georges has cited a few reasons for his departure, from his personal battles with OCD, to his displeasure with the UFC’s drug testing policies, one recurring issue seems to still be his lack of “hunger.”
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, since I was 19,” he said. “I’m 33 now. When I fought (Carlos) Condit, I was very hungry. I was very happy to be there. I wanted to do it a lot. (Nick) Diaz, a little bit less. And the last training camp I had with (Johny) Hendricks, I didn’t have the same motivation. It went down, and I need to get back to that feeling of hunger.
“I need to get the motivation back. It’s hard, because it’s always the same routine, the same thing. And I need to fix some things in my life to make it more efficient. Once everything can be done, maybe I’ll come back. We’ll see how it goes. But I can’t say yes, I can’t say no, because I just don’t know right now.”
By Kenya Owens