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UFC Legend George St-Pierre Ready for Return
By Brodey Sheppard - June 26, 2016
Ultimate Fighting Championship legend George St-Pierre is ready for a return to the octagon, and he explained that negotiations are ongoing with the company over his arrival. The mixed martial arts fighter, now 35, hasn’t fought since 2013 when he defeated Johny Hendricks via split decision in a UFC Welterweight Championship defence.
St-Pierre was one of UFC’s biggest stars when he originally hung up his gloves nearly three years ago. The Canadian, who totalled a 25-2 MMA record has now ended his retirement, citing his age being one of the main factors for his decision to return to the world of UFC.
“I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now,” St-Pierre stated on The MMA Hour podcast. “The clock is running. I’m not getting any younger. I’m in the 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.”
George St-Pierre's Rise to Fame
St-Pierre began his MMA career fighting in 2002 for the Ultimate Cage Championship where he defeated Ivan Menjivar in his hometown of Montreal, Canada. St-Pierre slowly worked his way up to the UFC and debuted for the fighting company in January 2004. However, he was quickly set back in his rise to the top. St-Pierre was defeated in his third UFC fight by Matt Hughes via submission.
After stepping away from UFC, defeating Dave Strasser on a TKO Major League MMA card, St-Pierre returned to the UFC, beating Jason Miller in April 2005. Over the next seven and a half years, St-Pierre built a reputation as one of the premier fighters in MMA, main eventing numerous UFC cards.
UFC Welterweight Champion
In March 2006, St-Pierre won his first UFC Welterweight Championship from B.J. Penn. However, St-Pierre made a mere one defence of the title before dropping it to Matt Serra via technical knockout just over a year later.
St-Pierre would redeem himself, defeating Serra in the return match in April 2008. From there he would solidify himself as the top welterweight in the world, and many claimed during his time at the top, that St-Pierre was the best MMA fighter regardless of weight class.
St-Pierre's Importance to UFC
St-Pierre was not only a key to UFC in the octagon, but he was extremely valuable to the marketing of the fight company, too. St-Pierre has a squeaky clean image compared to many of his MMA contemporaries, and his disinterest in cutting down opponents in interviews was seen as giving the sport legitimacy in the media.
What St-Pierre Said
In his interview with The MMA Hour podcast, St-Pierre spoke about returning and the fact that a return could be a no-win situation.
“I have a lot to lose in this, because I finished on top,” St-Pierre explained. “I finished as champion, and that’s the way everybody would like to leave the sport—on top, healthy, and wealthy—and I did it. If I go back and, it needs to be for something big. I think for my first fight, it needs to be for something big, and that’ll give me the swing and the momentum to do it again and again and again for another run.
“So it depends on what it going to happen, but I have a lot to lose, but the thing is also, the reason why I’ve been thinking of coming back, is I don’t want to end up at 80 years old and telling myself, ‘I should’ve done this, I should’ve done that.”
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