GSP’s Mentor Offers Ominous Prediction For UFC Return


It’s been four years since Georges St. Pierre stepped inside of the Octagon.

After scoring a highly controversial split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in 2013, St. Pierre announced that he needed some time away from the sport, vacating his long held welterweight title soon thereafter.

Now, however, the Canadian star, at age 36, is gearing up to make his return, as he’s set to take on middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217 on Nov. 4.

While he appears to be nothing short of confident, his longtime mentor, Kristof Midoux, doesn’t share the same sentiment:

“I do not agree with this return and I do not know who managed to convince him,” Midoux recently told UFC veteran Patrick Cote on the Uppercut Podcast (translated from French via Le Journal de Montréal). “I do not see the objective surrounding this fight.”

“Moreover, when I see George’s eyes, they do not tell me anything good,” Midoux added. “During his face-to-face [with Bisping] in Las Vegas, I would have liked him to give a slap to Bisping to show him what was waiting for him on November 4th. The guys who have their hands in their pockets like George did, they do not feel like fighting. You have to have the urge and the rage to do it. “

St. Pierre certainly has a tall task in front of him, as Bisping is the larger man riding a five-fight winning streak. “Rush” has often said, however, that he only wanted to return for the biggest challenge, but Midoux just doesn’t feel as if he’s ready:

“I think he needs help and I think the people around him are hiding things from him,” Midoux said. “I witnessed his sparring and I did not see what I wanted to see from him.”

How do you expect St. Pierre to look when he enters the cage and faces off with Bisping in New York city?

  • HeteroFriendly

    The whole GSP/Bisping debacle just hasn’t seemed brave or honorable at any level so far. Which I dont think we ever would have put past the entertaining but in an axxhole way Bisping, but seems strange and out of character and more off putting then entertaining out of GSP.

    I dont know who managed to convince him either, maybe he ran out of money playing with his dinosaur bones. Greed and/or financial desperation can convince otherwise decent people to behave strangely.

    And hasn’t hollywood been taking advantage of just that that for almost 100 years.

  • Wabbit

    GSP has an immediate opportunity to regain the title upon his return to the UFC; against a mediocre opponent, jumping a long line of serious badasses, there is NOTHING wrong with GSP’s judgment.

  • Shock Wave

    I think this guy should shut up.