Georges St-Pierre has hinted at it for quite a while. Those close to him have done the same.
On Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” on MMAFighting.com, the former welterweight champion made the most definitive statement possible.
“I’m ready,” St-Pierre said.
No contract negotiation was discussed, nor was any fight announced.
“I’m an emotional guy,” said the 35-year-old St-Pierre who walked away from the sport nearly three years ago after his ninth consecutive defense of his UFC welterweight title. “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.’ 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 necessarily in the best of my interests, and I’m trying to not go overboard with that.”
St-Pierre left the sport at age 32 with a 25-2 record and a 12-fight win streak. He was considered one of the top MMA fighters in the sport when he walked away after winning a split decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013.
He never used the word “retire” in his interviews that night.
“What I did is I did a training camp to see where I’m at,” St-Pierre said. “I’ve been training, but being in shape and being in fighting shape is something different. I did a training to push myself and go back to the highest level of competition. I didn’t fight, but I put myself through a training camp and I sparred and everything, and I did it successfully. Now I know for a fact that I could go back and fight, if my management and the UFC get to an agreement.”