The ongoing saga of former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre’s return continued this week.
Ahead of UFC 200, there was much speculation as to whether or not St-Pierre would return to the Octagon for the historic event. While the UFC was reportedly trying to book St-Pierre to return to the Octagon, the former champ never returned.
During an interview with Fight Network, UFC President Dana White spoke about GSP’s potential return, or rather lack thereof:
“Georges St-Pierre will not fight again,” White said. “I’ve said that before and I’ll say it again. Georges St-Pierre is done. He is retired. He will not fight again.”
“He doesn’t have to tell me that,” White said. “I’ve dealt with him. We’ve been dealing with this thing. I’ve been in this since I was 19 years old. I know the mentality of a fighter that wants to fight and I know the mentality of a fighter that does not want to fight.”
Interestingly enough, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta disagrees. He spoke to the LA Times:
“That’s the one thing we disagree on,” Fertitta said. “Dana’s been right so far, but we’ve been in active discussions with [St-Pierre’s] management for a long time. We’d love to have him back, he’d make a great impact.”