We’re getting really, really close, folks.
A majority of George St-Pierre’s time away from the cage was spent in darkness. As the calendar days passed by, fight fans grew more comfortable with the idea that the sport’s greatest welterweight fighter — quite possibly the sport’s greatest fighter ever — was not coming back to the cage that afforded him some of life’s greatest luxuries.
But then the rumors started to surface: a quasi-retired St-Pierre was, at the very least, somewhat interested in coming back. His coaches and teammates were no longer pretending to be in the dark; they were acknowledging this idea, too.
It appears as if it’s no longer just an interest, but more of a desire for St-Pierre, Freddie Roach tells FightHub TV. The former welterweight king is reportedly going to test his body, determining whether he’s still physically fit to endure the demanding aspects of the sport.
“He’s gonna train for a fight,” Roach recently told FightHub TV (h/t MMAFighting). “He’s gonna have a six-week training camp. And at the end of the six weeks, if he feels like he’s ready to fight and he’s hungry for it like he always has been, he’s gonna do it. He’s gonna fight one more time.”
Now, it’s important to acknowledge a few key factors here. St-Pierre is 34 years old, and he hasn’t stepped into competition since 2013 — arguably his toughest victory to date. You also have to wonder if GSP’s concerns — the ones that forced him to flee his throne two years ago — have dissipated enough to welcome his current state of mind back into the Octagon.
“If he doesn’t feel it and he feels like it’s just not there, he’s gonna let it go and he’s gonna retire,” Roach said. “I think it’s a really good idea. I think it’s really, really smart to do that, to see where he’s at in his mind.”