After much speculation, it appears as though former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will not be on hand for the company’s trip to Toronto this December.
St-Pierre has long been rumored to return to the Octagon since his unexpected departure in November 2013, with UFC 206 appearing as the most likely landing spot for the popular fighter’s comeback.
UFC President Dana White, however, has never been one to tease the idea — often outright denying any possibility of “Rush’s” future inside the cage.
“GSP’s not fighting in Toronto,” White told “Jay and Dan” on FOX Sports 1 this week (h/t MMA Fighting). “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.”
St-Pierre has not competed since defeating Johny Hendricks in a controversial split decision at UFC 167. Excitement for his return to the Octagon hit an all-time high in recent months after St-Pierre actively stated he had plans on stepping back inside the cage. What’s more, St-Pierre said he’d entered his name into the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool in early August. With formerly retired fighters needing four months of random testing before they’re granted their return, December would’ve appeared to be the earliest landing spot.