The MMA world is officially back on Georges-St-Pierre watch, awaiting to see whether the former UFC welterweight champion will, in fact, be making a return to a life of fighting.
St-Pierre first offered hints of having that itch to come back last week, leading to a flood of questions to anybody with any sort of familiarity on the subject, including his former Tristar MMA coach Firas Zahabi and training partner Rory MacDonald.
MacDonald was the latest to answer the compelling questions during a fan Q&A session in Dublin, Ireland. When first probed, MacDonald claimed to know nothing of St-Pierre, who last fought at UFC 167 in November 2013 when defeating Johny Hendricks in a controversial split decision.
But when asked what potential personal complications could arise in having St-Pierre return considering MacDonald is only one fight removed from his first failed attempt at claiming the welterweight throne as his own, “Red King” opened up a bit more.
“From what we’ve talked about, he’s not coming back for the belt,” he said (h/t MMAFighting). “He’s coming back for the odd fight that interests him. If… if he comes back.”
But when fans started getting more and more noticeably excited, MacDonald went back to being uninformed on St-Pierre’s potential return.
“I don’t know if he’s coming back,” MacDonald said. “But as far as I know, if he does I think he’s more interested in superfights and whatnot.”
For a majority of his time atop the welterweight division, St-Pierre was often pegged as one half of the MMA community’s most wanted superfight — a pairing featuring himself and former middleweight and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva. The post-fight questions regarding the hypothetical matchup, but the bout would never materialize.
Years later, after having Silva drop back-to-back defeats to Chris Weidman, fans have to wonder if this is still, indeed, a superfight.