White: GSP doesn’t have the desire or drive anymore
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has not fought since winning a split decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013. The fighter said he needed a break, citing the pressures of staying on top. He later expanded his misgivings about fighting to include the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in MMA. The UFC has since instituted what may be the most comprehensive testing program on Earth.
For years GSP’s friends and associates have said they think he will be back. The fighter has said repeatedly that he is thinking about it. His latest statement is that the stars are aligned for his return, which will perhaps be on Dec. 10, at UFC 206, in Toronto, ON.
On August 10, GSP enrolled in the drug testing program to which all UFC fighters are subject. After four months, he will be elegible to fight. That four months lands precisely on Dec. 10.
However, during a recent appearance on ESPN SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White remained unconvinced. White is adamant, for all fighters, that if you don’t have the deepest, most abiding desire to fight, then don’t do it. If GSP held such feelings, he would be fighting already.
“GSP coming back would be awesome,” said White, as transcribed by Lewis Mckeever for BE. “I’m not buying it. GSP’s been saying he’s gonna come back for a couple of years now and, listen, he hasn’t fought in three, going on four years I think.
“I just don’t think GSP has that desire and drive in him anymore. I honestly don’t believe it. I’ll believe it when I see it.”
“His lawyers have talked to our lawyers, but I’ll believe it when I see it.”
White said he hasn’t heard from St-Pierre personally. Hey GSP, call your boss! Fans are waiting.