The UFC welterweight division has not been the same since Georges St-Pierre left. After a highly controversial decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, ‘Rush’ vacated the title and stepped away from the sport.
Shocking his huge fan base with the decision to walk away, GSP sparked a debate primarily about drug testing. Back then, there was no USADA. Today things are very different, albeit still shady, and St-Pierre helped usher in the change.
After hearing his wish for stricter drug testing in the UFC, it was apparent this wasn’t GSP’s only trouble. The Canadian icon was going through some personal issues, and claimed he’d lost the fire inside him.
Motivation is such a big factor in combat sports, and ‘Rush’ had lost it by his own admission. Looking back, these facts are clear in hindsight. His final performance against ‘Bigg Rigg’ was mediocre, to say the least. The big comeback was always being discussed, though.
The Big Comeback at UFC 206
Out of the blue came rampant rumours that Georges St-Pierre would return at UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada. The fires of discussion were stoked even more when Daniel Cormier’s light-heavyweight title defense against Anthony Johnson was advertised as the co-main event*-*Source: UFC website.
Could this be the big return we’d been waiting three years for? Well, in short, no. UFC president Dana White dropped a bombshell this week during an interview with FOX Sports’ Jay & Dan.
Here it is, as transcribed by MMAJunkie.com:
Dana Says No
“‘GSP’s’ not fighting in Toronto,” White told “Jay and Dan” on FS1 this week. “I don’t think he does (fight again). There’s a certain mentality you have to have to be a fighter, and Georges St-Pierre hasn’t had that mentality for a long time. And sometimes that’s not a bad thing. Listen, the guy went out on top. How many athletes really go out on top? Go out the way you want to go out? The guy made a lot of money and when you take – this isn’t a sport you take a three-year layoff from.”
“‘GSP’ said, ‘I’m gong to do a little mini-camp’ and this and that – he’s been saying that for three years,” White said. “A lot of talk. ‘GSP’ wasn’t loving fighting when he was fighting all the time. This is a sport you just have to – first of all it’s a young man’s game. You got to jump out of bed every day and want to kick people’s ass and want to be a world champion. ‘GSP’ hasn’t had that fire in a very long time.”