UFC 300 will likely be the biggest mixed martial arts event to take place in 2024 — but former two-weight champion Georges St-Pierre will not be involved.
St-Pierre, now 42, has not competed professionally since he scored a submission win against Michael Bisping in New York in November 2017 in what was at the time his first fight in several years, winning the organisation’s middleweight title in the process. Just weeks later St-Pierre, arguably the finest 170-pound champion in the sport’s history, announce his retirement from the sport — and as he emphasised to the media, including The Mac Life, this past weekend, there is nothing that could tempt him back to the cage.
“Absolutely not,” St-Pierre said when asked if he was possibly considering a mixed martial arts return. “I promise you, I alway told myself that I will not fight in the cage after the age of 40.”
St-Pierre was effectively addressing speculation that he was discussing a possible ‘super fight’ return, some of which came from Chael Sonnen who noted on his podcast that he had heard that there was rumblings of possible GSP & Nick Diaz rematch. The pair originally met in March 2013 in a five-round welterweight title fight won by St-Pierre by unanimous decision.
Despite not entertaining a return to competitive action, St-Pierre still feels the competitive itch. He was intended to compete at this month’s UFC Fight Pass grappling invitational, but as he revealed this was waylaid by various injuries he sustained in his preparation.
“I’m extremely competitive and sometimes I forget that I’m 42,” St-Pierre said. “And I don’t give myself enough rest and that’s why I think I partially tore my labrum, my subscap, and my rotator cuff but my shoulder is getting better and we’ll see how it goes.”