After having been away from the sport for almost three years, George St. Pierre, perhaps the greatest welterweight in MMA history, has said he is ready to return to the sport that made him a legend. On Monday, in an interview with “The MMA Hour,” stated that he is preparing for a comeback.
“My agents, even before I came on the show today, they briefed me. They said, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that.’ They briefed me, they said, ‘We’re in negotiations, remember, blah, blah, blah.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I’m not a kid.’
“But I’m an emotional guy, and when I get emotional sometimes, I say things that are not necessarily in the best of my interests, and I try to not go overboard with that.
“But the only thing is, I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now. The clock is running. I’m not getting any younger. I’m in my peak of my career, and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now.”
With a 25-2 record, St. Pierre successfully defended his welterweight crown before he walked away from the sport in late 2013. He held the belt from 2007 until his retirement, which followed a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167
He was able to capture the title for the first time in 2006, beating fellow legend Matt Hughes in a rematch of their first fight which Hughes won. However, he only held it briefly as Matt Serra pulled off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, beating St. Pierre in his very first defense. He immediately reclaimed the belt in a rematch and held the belt until his retirement.
The current champion at welterweight is Robbie Lawler. However, it is not certain if that will be his first fight, as others such as middleweight champ Michael Bisping and featherweight king Conor McGregor have also been named as potential opponents.