It's been over a year since Georges St-Pierre retired from prize-fighting competition. Since GSP's retirement in December, 2013, fans, fighters and promoters have ping-ponged in speculation of a 'will he/won't he' comeback to reclaim his welterweight throne debate. MMA's Canadian ambassador decided to step away from the combat sports arena shortly after winning a highly controversial decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
While initially optimistic about a potential GSP return, Dana White recently expressed his increasingly doubtful hopes of the Canadian ever reappearing in the Octagon. Despite the UFC president's gloomy GSP forecast, Stephane Patry - Georges' former manager - recently caught up with Ariel Helwani on The MMAHour and assured fans the former champ isn't quite done with MMA yet:
"Georges is going to come back for one fight," Patry said. "I can't say he's going to come back and go on a title run and do 10 fights, but I know for sure he's going to come back for one fight," Stephane said to Ariel.
Patry also explained how it's not just fans who weren't happy with the outcome of the Hendricks fight, it also left a bad taste in GSP's mouth:
"It's one of those things where, Georges got injured, which is something that wasn't expected, and Anderson Silva got caught with steroids, so I mean, there's a lot of things that have happened in the past few months that can change the scenario a little bit," Patry said. "But I know that Georges has the will, and he wants one more fight. He doesn't want to leave the sport with that fight with [Johny] Hendricks, I know that for a fact."
The fight promoter and manager continued by explaining how it's got to be the right fight to lure St-Pierre back into the Octagon:
"He's going to come back for that one fight everyone wants to see," Patry said. "Everyone points to Anderson Silva, if he was going to fight on that card, then Dana didn't offer him Anderson Silva. So he's not going to come back for one fight that doesn't mean much in the history of mixed martial arts. He wants to make history with that one fight. With what happened with Anderson in that one fight and his problems with the commission, I don't know what's going to happen now."
Georges St-Pierre also recently hinted at a UFC return after revealing that since training with Freddie Roach, he's been getting 'the itch to come back'.