Georges St-Pierre admits he’s been feeling the “itch” to fight, but the former UFC champ wants to see more steps taken to clean up MMA, before he considers a comeback.
Shortly after Anderson Silva worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183, immediately there was speculation as to whether a bout between “The Spider” and St-Pierre, could draw the latter back to the Octagon. Then, of course, it was revealed Silva allegedly tested positive for steroids, and all that talk quickly went away. St-Pierre has since argued that fighters on PEDs are a “biological weapon”, and that the Silva-Diaz bout should never have taken place.
Well, more recently, the welterweight star appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and here is some of what GSP had to say about his MMA future (quote via MMA Fighting.com).
“I’m not going to lie, I’m busy with everything and I work on other projects,” he said. “But for sure I watch the fights sometimes and I feel the itch. And the more and more I watch the fights the more I feel the itch. I took time out of competition because I was also burned out of all the pressure and the expectations and everything. I needed to find a way out to keep my mental stability so to speak. And, yeah, I’m not going to lie. The more time that goes by the more I feel the itch…”
“For me, the condition for me to return, if I want to return…I need my fights to be tested by an organization that is independent and competent like VADA, or I believe there is another one,” he said. “It needs to be done, otherwise I’m not coming back.”
Considering St-Pierre’s recent comments about PEDs, and the fact he’s repeatedly relayed in the past that drugs are a huge problem in MMA, none of this should be surprising. The big question is whether the UFC and athletic commissions will take more steps to clean up the sport. The introduction of random testing has certainly been a positive change, as St-Pierre has noted in other interviews.
The 33 year-old, Montreal fighter announced his hiatus from fighting armed with a 12 fight winning streak. That is quite the legacy.