UFC welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre says he won’t fight again if he loses in his return to competition.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is looking to make his return to the Octagon after a four-year absence, but an eye issue has sidelined him for the summer. The announced Michael Bisping vs. GSP middleweight title fight is currently shelved, with Dana White saying that St-Pierre will contend for the welterweight belt when he returns.
While St-Pierre told Ariel Helwani on Tuesday’s The MMA Hour that he still wants to fight Bisping and is looking to return in November, he also stressed that he’s done competing if he ends up losing.
“One thing I can tell you for sure is that I’m at one fight for retiring for good, this I can tell you for sure,” St-Pierre said. “If I come back and I lose, this is it for me. If I come back and I lose, it’s finished.
“I still have a lot of fire,” St-Pierre continued. “I don’t want to hang there and become a punching bag for the younger people. I do not believe I’m going to lose. I think I’m at my best, my trainers think I’m at my best. I put a lot on the line, and I know that if I come back it’s because I’m a much better version than what I was, and I want to go back to another shot and rewrite history. But if down the road I lose, I pass the torch, it’s over, it’s finished.
The 36-year-old last fought in November 2013, controversially defeating Johny Hendricks by split decision in the UFC 167 main event. From there, GSP abdicated his belt and went on hiatus from the sport.
“It’s a lot of pressure and that’s why I’ll be fighting at my best because I will be fighting like there’s no tomorrow. That’s when I’m at my best, when I’m fighting like there’s no tomorrow.”
While we wait and see if the UFC ends up following through with Bisping-GSP anyway, the promotion has booked Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero for UFC 213, with the winner crowned the interim middleweight champion.