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Georges St-Pierre Downplays Possibility of UFC Return to Fight Kamaru Usman

February 16, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Kamaru Usman may be down for a fight with Georges St-Pierre, but the retired UFC star doesn’t seem keen on a return to the Octagon. Usman said following his win at UFC 258 that he’d be interested in a fight with GSP if he ever wanted to return, noting (per MMA Weekly), “Of course, I would like to fight Georges. But I don’t want Georges because of money or anything like that. I’m a competitor. I want Georges because Georges left on top. Georges can still do it. I see him training. Georges, I’m watching you. I see you training. Georges can still do it. So if there’s potential for that big fight and Georges wants to come back, then of course Georges can cut the line; absolutely.”

However, speaking with SportsNet’s The Good Show, St-Pierre sounded like he was fine sticking with retirement. He told the show, “I will always train, but if you ask me if I want to come back? Just try to put yourself into my shoes and try to come back. If I tried to come back for a fight with Kamaru Usman, I would have to literally leave the country. You cannot train right now in Canada with the COVID. I would have to bring my coaches somewhere, find a base camp, fly in some training partners, because it’s Kamaru Usman. You need to get ready, you need a real training camp.”

Much like Usman, GSP isn’t worried about the money and is more interested in his legacy. He noted, “Just that, leave my home, leave my family, leave my place, I’m very reluctant to do it and I don’t need to do it. I’m healthy. I’m wealthy. It’s not appealing to lose three months of my life, stress and everything for trying to get a win over Kamaru Usman. As time passes by, it’s getting less and less and less appealing. I don’t think there’s anybody now that will make me come back. I’m good … I don’t know if there is anything that will get me motivated to go back to competition.”