After vacating his long held UFC welterweight title back in 2013 and entering a semi-retirement of sorts, Georges St. Pierre was rumored to be finally returning at last weekend’s (Dec. 10, 2016) UFC 206 from his home of Canada, but he announced in the weeks leading up to the event that negotiations with the promotion had stalled.
Apparently the UFC recently reopened negotiations with the former 170-pound king and St. Pierre’s team is still hoping to see “Rush” back in the Octagon. In fact, his longtime head coach Firas Zahabi recently spoke with ESPN on the topic, saying that he prefers a bout with middleweight champion Michael Bisping over a bout with welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley:
“I would love the Bisping fight to be honest with you,” Zahabi said. “I feel the welterweight division doesn’t have a supremely confident champion yet. Tyron Woodley is a great champion, but he’s on his first defense. We need someone to build a history like Georges did, to have a super fight.
“With Bisping, it would be for the middleweight title. That would make it epic. Georges needs to come back for a mega fight, super fight. Something five rounds, something historical. Not just another contender.”
No matter who the opponent may be, however, Zahabi would be confident heading in, as he still feels as if St. Pierre is the best fighter on the planet:
“I still think Georges is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” Zahabi said. “He trains regularly so I still see him in action and the guy is a monster. I hope Georges and the UFC, his management team at CAA, they book him again. He’s such an incredible talent sitting by the wayside. It’s crazy to me.
“I think it’s a matter of time. I’m hopeful at least.”
Have you given up hope, or do you expect to see St. Pierre return at some point?