Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre continues to fuel the fire of speculation swirling around a possible return to the Octagon.
Although he has never uttered the words, “I’m retired,” St-Pierre also hasn’t fought mixed martial arts for the past two-and-a-half years. The last time he set foot in the Octagon was at UFC 167 in November of 2013, when he won a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks. Since then, St-Pierre has been content to focus on life outside of the cage, all the while blowing on the coal of a return just enough to keep the spark from going out, keeping people talking about him.
But is that all his continuous taunts about a possible return to fighting are? Is St-Pierre simply playing the promotional game, keeping his name in the media so that he can pursue other interests?
As time goes by, it certainly seems more and more likely.
Case in point is St-Pierre’s current round of media appearances. Yes, the former welterweight kingpin has been teasing left and right about talking with the UFC, although he is careful to never fully commit… to anything.
“I’m on good terms with the UFC. We’re talking,” St-Pierre said in a recent interview at a Toronto Raptors basketball game. “Everything is possible, but I don’t know right now. I can’t tell you everything. I have to keep some secrets.”
He kept the same tenor in an interview with RDS.
“I can say that I am on good terms with them. But we sometimes do not agree on some things,” St-Pierre told RDS in French (translated by Bloody Elbow‘s John Nash).
Although in the interview with RDS, he took things a step further, saying a return to the Octagon “doesn’t need to be (UFC) 200. I know it will have