Former UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, might finally make his grand return to the Octagon.
GSP, who currently holds a 19-2 record in the UFC, voluntarily vacated the 170-pound title when he decided to take a break from competition back in December 2013. Some say he retired for good, while others claimed that he would be back. While there were growing opinions on both sides of the fence, the one person that could clear everything up has remained relatively quiet.
St-Pierre finally broke his silence at last night's Toronto Raptors basketball game. The Raptors were playing in their home stadium, the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and TSN caught him in between the action and asked him if he ever planned to return to fighting. St-Pierre gave a rather uncharacteristically positive answer.
"I can’t tell you everything. I have to keep some secrets," he added.
When pressed by the reporter, St-Pierre leans in and whispers his answer into his ear. The reporter chuckles then tells the camera, "He said maybe."
I guess that's as good as we're going to get right now which has been a lot better than it has been since GSP left the octagon.
GSP's career has been a laundry list of Hall-of-Fame worthy accomplishments. At only 34 years old, St-Pierre still holds the UFC record for the most wins at 19, and has racked up on an astounding nine consecutive title defenses during his six-year reign as the welterweight champion.
In recent weeks, rumors have been surrounding the man concerning an alleged comeback fight being planned for UFC 200. One of the biggest reports was that St-Pierre would return to the Octagon to face Conor McGregor in a super fight. GSP was even ringside at UFC 196 for the McGregor-Nate Diaz match.
However, Diaz squashed any possibility of those rumors being true when he submitted McGregor in the second round. Now it's McGregor-Diaz 2 at UFC 200 instead of McGregor-GSP.
It's unclear right now what it would take to lure Georges St-Pierre back into the Octagon. According to longtime friend and his frequent training partner, Rory MacDonald, GSP isn't interested in getting his belt back, but would rather be involved in super fights.
And according to striking coach Frankie Loach, don't count out GSP for UFC 200 just yet.
He told Fight Saga:
I believe he will fight then [UFC 200], we just don't know who the opponent is yet. I went up to see St-Pierre train two weeks ago, and he's in incredible shape. We're just waiting for the opponent.