With UFC 300 right around the corner, many had felt that fans were in for a big surprise comeback, similar to Brock Lesnar returning to action for UFC 200. But, during a recent Q&A session with BangTao Muay Thai & MMA in Thailand, the former two-division champion expressed that there was never an offer on the table.
“It’s a rumor, I never was offered a fight (for UFC 300). I made that clear that I have no desire to come back and fight in mixed martial arts. I was supposed to compete in grappling, but because I had an injury in November, I partially tore my labrum and rotator cuff. I’m still not recovered so there is things I can not do like live wrestling, live grappling. I have to be very careful, I can hit pads, but I’m not fully recovered yet. So, for me, the grappling was just for fun. There was less risk and it was more to have the thrill of competition again, and also for the fans, it would be a win-win situation for everybody.
“Now, there is nothing on the radar, I need time because shoulder injuries take incredibly long to recover and it’s a pain in the butt. Everything I say is open to interpretation, if I let the door open, everybody is saying he’s planning a comeback. I’d rather say there is nothing on the radar. I don’t know if there is something for a charity that comes out or one day, but that is not what I’m focusing on. I’m 42 years old and I’m not the same person I used to be when I was competing… That hunger is gone and when that hunger is gone it is a sign you need to retire,”
GSP last professionally competed back in 2017, when he came out of retirement to face Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 217. While “Rush” defeated Bisping with a rear naked choke in the third round, and had intended to defend the title in the near future, the French Canadian MMA pioneer was forced to step back into retirement due to some health concerns that were exacerbated by the recent training camp.
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Most recently, St-Pierre was planned to appear in a grappling match during the UFC Fight Pass Invitational tournament. Unfortunately, GSP pulled out due to an injury, but wound up commentating the event and was still able to take part in the festivities.
Listed as the potential opponent for the submission grappling match was Nick Diaz, who St-Pierre famously defeated in an all out war at UFC 158 in 2013. While the match was cancelled for the time being, the pair meeting for a grappling bout in the future does not seem out of the question, but nothing has been announced at this time.
— MMA Fighting (@MMAFighting) March 16, 2018