With UFC 200 approaching, fans have trifled with the idea of a comeback by one of MMA’s all-time greats but neither GSP nor anyone close to him has spoken with certainty about the situation. Firas Zahabi, GSP’s head coach, recently said that he believes St. Pierre will not be able to stay away from MMA.
Zahabi appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour hosted by Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com to discuss his opinion on GSP’s current situation and potential return to competition. His personal opinion is that GSP would eventually get the urge to compete again sometime soon.
“I personally think, if you ask me my own personal opinion, I think he cannot stay away. I think he’ll eventually get bit by the bug and he’ll eventually do something spontaneous. That’s just Georges,” said Zahabi. “… I think he’s a motivated guy, I think he’s in shape, I think for him it’s just the fight that excites him. That’s all that he needs.”
The next obvious question would be who St. Pierre’s opponent would be if he were to return. According to Zahabi, GSP, who won the welterweight title for the second time in 2008 and defended it nine consecutive times, is motivated by the fight itself as opposed to world titles or money. For a comeback, St. Pierre is not necessarily looking for a title fight but a matchup that excites him.
"Any fight [can] happen," Zahabi said. "It’s really up to what motivates Georges. That’s the only thing. Georges has won many titles, he’s been in many fights. There’s nothing for him to gain. He’s got plenty of money. There’s nothing for him to gain other than to do it for fun, to do it for the sheer pleasure. So if he finds something that’s fun and pleasurable, and he’s excited about doing, that’s what’s going to pull the trigger."
When asked about a possible fight with current champion Robbie Lawler, Zahabi was unsure of whether it seemed right.
"I don’t know if that motivates Georges," Zahabi said. "Lawler has lost to guys that Georges has already beat. Georges, I don’t know if he wants to be champion. I haven’t asked him, ‘Hey, do you want to be champion again? Do you want to have to defend your title over and over again?’ I don’t know if he wants to do those things. We didn’t really talk about that.”