Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has not fought since 2013. The fighter said initially that he need a break from the pressure of being the best. He later came out strongly and said he would not return until stringent PED testing was in place.
The UFC has instituted what may be the best drug testing in sports. And GSP is taking part in the mandatory testing pool. He will be ready to fight at UFC 206 on December 10th in Toronto, Canada.
St-Pierre was believed to be in negotiations to fight new division Tyron Woodley, but Stephen Thompson was announced as the challenger. Then there were rumors that he would be Bisping’s next challenger, if The Count got by Dan Henderson.
Bisping decisioned Dan, and then called out the winner of Jacare Souza vs. Luke Rockhold on November 27, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 101, or the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205. Bisping knows a lot about the importance of immediate post-win call outs. If GSP had been a possibility, we would have heard of it.
On the Internet, that is pretty much an official fight announcement.
However, UFC president Dana White spoke with Dan Hardy for BT Sport after UFC 204, and said not only that the superfight with Silva wasn’t happening, but that he did not believe GSp would ever return to the Octagon.
“That’s not true. So not true,” said White, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I know everybody keeps talking about — GSP isn’t even close. I’m telling you again, I don’t think GSP wants to fight. I keep saying this. You guys know fighters as much as I know fighters, do you think GSP wants to fight? GSP wasn’t crazy about fighting when he was fighting! Now three years later he’s just dying to fight? He’s not. I don’t think he is.
“That fight is definitely not gonna happen. I don’t think GSP ever returns. And in some cases, that’s not a bad thing. The guy retired, he went out on top, he’s looked at as one of the greatest to ever do it and I just think he lost that fire a long time ago. For some reason – he’s got his own person reasons – he likes to keep his name out there like he might be coming back and everybody is anticipating his return, but at the end of the day I don’t think he wants it.”