Rodolphe Beaulieu, manager for Georges St-Pierre, maintains that his client is very much still an active fighter in the wake of Dana White’s comments that he is retired.
Throughout his tenure as UFC president, Dana White has seen a lot of fighters come and go. He persuaded Chuck Liddell to walk away after a string of losses, he promoted the final bout of Randy Couture’s illustrious career and Tito Ortiz, well, he’s retired several times under White’s stewardship alone.
However, White appears to have spoken too soon when it comes to former middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Speaking to TSN, White said: “We’ve been talking about a fight with ‘GSP,’ but ‘GSP’ is retired. As far as I’m concerned, ‘GSP’ is retired right now. He’s not interested in fighting anybody.”
However, when MMAJunkie contacted St-Pierre’s representatives for comment, they say White’s statement doesn’t ring true.
He was on Ariel (Helwani’s) show a few weeks ago and on Joe Rogan’s podcast a couple weeks ago and during a three-hour interview he never said he was retired. He mentioned on both what would interest him. On both interviews he said exactly why he had no interest for the Diaz fight. He explained all his reasoning.
St-Pierre returned from a four-year hiatus last November to defeat Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship to add to the welterweight title he won (twice) earlier in his career. However, he vacated the belt just weeks later, citing a stomach ailment as the principal reason.
Recently St-Pierre was linked with a fight with Nate Diaz, though he wasn’t particularly interested. It seems reasonable to suggest that GSP’s reluctance to face Diaz may have triggered White’s retirement claims, but this can be viewed as the biggest singpost yet that the Canadian legend will contest at least one more bout in the octagon.