Georges St. Pierre may finally be ready to return to the Octagon.
While it has yet to be confirmed by Ultimate Fighting Championship or the former welterweight champion, FM 93 Quebec, a well-known radios station broadcasting from Quebec, Canada, and Dan Pou, a sports journalists from the region, are reporting via Twitter that St. Pierre is on the verge of announcing the end of his retirement:
— FM93 Québec (@fm93quebec) January 28, 2016
Translation to English: Dan Pou has learned that Georges St-Pierre will announce his return to active competition in the UFC in the coming days.
St. Pierre has not competed since he narrowly defended the UFC Welterweight Championship against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167 more than 2 years ago in November of 2013. He vacated his title shortly after the victory. It has been reported in the past that his decision to do so was at least partially based on a lack of proper testing for illegal substances in the world of MMA.
While not completely unexpected (St. Pierre’s return has been rumored to be close for some time now) if it does occur, the return of the Canadian superstar will be a massive boost to the UFC and the sport as a whole. There will be no lack of potential opponents for St. Pierre, including current welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler, any number of 170 lbs. contenders, or possibly even Anderson Silva, the former and longtime UFC middleweight titleholder.
MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that Georges St. Pierre has no imminent plans of return.
He contacted St. Pierre after news broke of him possibly ending his retirement and the former champion replied via text message, stating “I can tell you with certainty that their their sources are not reliable.”
It now appears that reports of St. Pierre once again venturing into the Octagon were premature.