Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has revealed in a new interview that he’s not ready to fight again as things stand, though that may change in the future.
“The motivation is not the same that it used to be,” St-Pierre told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “I don’t have the same motivation to go to the lineup again and to fight my way up to another title. I’m done with this. I’ve done it for so many years.
”You reach a point in your career where you want to do things different. That’s why this fight with (Michael) Bisping was different because it was a superfight. For me, that’s what I look for.”
St-Pierre went on to admit that his ongoing battle with Colitis factors prominently in his reluctance to get back to get into the Octagon at this stage.
“The big issue for fighting for me is the symptoms of colitis. I have to get rid of my medication,” St-Pierre said. “Once I get the dose down to where I want it to be I’ll make the decision. Right now I’m not ready to sign a fight deal as we speak. Mentally, I don’t want to fight right now.”
St-Pierre went on to discuss who he might fight if and when he does eventually return, and unsurprisingly the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov now stands out as a worthy opponent.
“The thing that excites me the most is when I could be the first to do something. When something cannot be done and people doubt me. He’s a great champion, and in terms of legacy, I can’t think of a better fighter right now who has a better legacy than Khabib.”
Even so, it’s by no means certain that we will see St-Pierre back in the Octagon at some point, with the superstar admitting that he’s already set for life financially.
“I’m already set. I have different companies that I’m involved with. Different real estate as well. In terms of money, I don’t need the money. I came out (of the sport) on top, healthy and wealthy, and want to keep it this way.
”The competitor inside of me wants me to return sometime. I want to return as a competitor but I need to listen to the logic as well. It needs to be worth it.”