Georges St PierreEver since former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre stepped away from the sport following his UFC 167 title defense against current champion Johny Hendricks, the question has been, will the 33-year-old ever return to fighting?

The Canadian superstar said he needed time to sort out some personal problems in his life, and wasn’t sure if he’d ever compete again.

“I needed this. To be happy, I needed it,” St-Pierre recently told Inside MMA.

“After my first comeback, when I fought [Carlos] Condit, I had a lot of fun. It was a great training camp. After that, not that good. And the last one, not good at all. I lost the motivation. I lost the fun of it. And I think for me, I needed to step out of it. I need to find the fire back, the need. The feeling I want is the need to compete again,” he explained.

Lack of motivation can carry heavy consequences in combat sports. When the person standing across the cage from you has trained specifically to physically damage you, you always have to be on your A game.

“Mixed martial arts isn’t a sport you can have a bad day. It’s not like a race. It’s not like hockey or a football game. If you have a bad day you can get hurt pretty bad,” said the former titleholder.

St-Pierre still believes he’s the best 170-pound fighter on the planet, and if he ever decides to come back it will be to prove that he is.

“I truly believe if I find the fun of doing it again with time, and I find the fire back, I believe I’m the best in the world. If I ever want to come back, it’s going to be to show it. But right now, I’m enjoying my time,” he said.

His sabbatical from fighting hasn’t been just a soul-searching effort to find peace of mind. St-Pierre is also recovering from knee surgery for a torn ACL.

“I had a knee surgery. My knee was already damaged. It’s something that I needed to fix. It was unstable for a long time because I hurt it a long time ago, but I never took care of it. It was just a question of time before it happened. I tore my ACL, and now I’m going to come back with two good knees. My stability will be 100-percent and it’s going to be good. So I can’t wait,” said St-Pierre.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Javier Mendez calls Khabib Nurmagomedov's injury a 'freak accident'

  • 22 days ago
  • 14 views

American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) owner and head coach Javier Mendez spoke to SB Nation on Thursday about the future of Luke Rockold and Chris Weidman, Daniel Cormier's chances against Anthony Johnso read news >>

Cain Velasquez: Jon Jones needs to 'fix' what's wrong in his life

  • 22 days ago
  • 38 views

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez spoke to SB Nation on Thursday about his health, training for Fabricio Werdum, the future of Henry Cejudo, Khabib Nurmagomedov's injury, his thoughts on Maywea read news >>

Josh Thomson: I ask for higher ranked guys, and I keep getting no-names

  • 22 days ago
  • 26 views

SAN JOSE – UFC lightweight Josh Thomson says his motivation to be a fighter hasn’t necessarily waned in recent years, but now, he’s thinking about the next chapter of his life. Filed under: Featured, read news >>

Stephen Espinoza: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fan enthusiasm has reached 'uncharted territory'

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Stephen Espinoza, the head of Showtime Sports, spoke to SB Nation on Wednesday about the financials behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, working with HBO and Top Rank, the future of boxing on Showtime, wh read news >>

Bob Arum believes Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has 'cultural implications'

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

Top CEO and founder, as well as Manny Pacquiao promoter, spoke to SB Nation Wednesday about the enormity of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao phenomenon, how taxing it was to work with Showtime, how Manywe read news >>

'Disappointed' UFC issues full statement on Jon Jones

  • 24 days ago
  • 91 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is disappointed. Probably because it lost one of its biggest stars and perhaps the most dominant mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the game today, after former read news >>

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Manny Pacquiao expresses confidence ahead of mega fight

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

Manny Pacquiao spoke to his fans on Tuesday at a rally held for him at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao expressed confidence he'd defeat Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on Saturday a read news >>

Michael Bisping's motivation? Even B.J. Penn looks to 'The Count' for inspiration

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

At 36 years old, Michael Bisping has spent the better part of a decade in the UFC. So what is it that keeps him going? “The Count” says even MMA legend B.J. Penn has wondered the same thing.Filed und read news >>

Dana White: Ronda Rousey is 'one and done' with WWE

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Dana White spoke to John Pollock of The Fight Network about Ronda Rousey's professional wrestling future following the UFC 186 weigh-ins in Montreal. read news >>