According to mixed martial arts veteran Renzo Gracie the return of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is imminent.
The Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist recently sat down with Ariel Helwani on the latest edition The MMA Hour, where he stated that “GSP” is 100% healthy and will return to the octagon ‘for sure’. His words (as transcribed by Hunter A. Homistek of MMAFighting):
“He’s [St-Pierre is] coming back for sure,” Gracie said. “That boy, the best thing he does in life is fighting. Look for how long he’s been a champion. He overcame so many obstacles. Many people don’t know Georges would come from Canada, leave at 4, 4:30 in the morning, come to New York by bus, train the whole day and leave at night – this two, sometimes three times a week.
“A champion is not just born. He’s forged into it. And Georges has all the tools to become champion again, and for sure, he’s now 100 percent healthy. I saw him, he’s in unbelievable shape, and for sure he will be announcing soon to be back in the game.”
“Rush” walked away from the sport following his UFC 167 split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks in November of 2013.
The popular Canadian fighter has yet to make any type of formal announcement regarding his return.
If and when “GSP” does return, Renzo Gracie believes he should be privileged with an immediate shot at the title:
“Whoever is the champion I think [should be next for St-Pierre],” Gracie said. “He deserves it. He’s earned it, his life work [should give him] a straight shot to the champion, whoever it is.”
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