Georges St. Pierre Not Motivated by Potential Matchup with Kamaru Usman –

Posted: February 17, 2021 at 5:47 pm

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Georges St. Pierre remains the gold standard by which all welterweights are compared in mixed martial arts.

Of course, I would like Georges. But I dont want Georges because of money or anything like that. Like I said, Im a competitor. I want Georges because Georges left on top. Georges can still do it. I see him training. Georges, Im watching you. I see you training. Georges can still do it.

So, if theres potential for that big fight and Georges wants to come back, then of course, Georges can cut the line, absolutely.

However, St. Pierres interest in such a pairing doesnt seem to be high at the moment. The Canadian discussed the possibility during an appearance on SN590s "The Good Show.

To go back and give three months of my life in a training camp to get a win over Kamaru Usman doesnt get me motivated, St. Pierre said. I dont think theres anything that would get me motivated to go back to competition now. Im not sure.

St. Pierre hasnt fought since defeating Michael Bisping for the middleweight crown at UFC 217 in November 2017. He officially announced his retirement in 2019, revealing that negotiations for a clash with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov fell through. The two stars have continued to be linked, even after Nurmagomedov annnounced his own retirement last year, but thus far nothing has come to fruition.

While St. Pierre admits that hell always continue training, the prospect of beginning the grind of a full training camp for a fight against someone such as Usman just isnt appealing.

Try to put yourself in my shoes and try to come back, St. Pierre said. First, if I come back to fight Kamaru Usman, I would literally have to leave the country. I would have to bring my coaches somewhere, find a base camp, fly in training partners to get ready for Usman. But leaving my home, I dont want to do it. Im healthy. Im wealthy. Its not appealing to me to lose three months of my life, the stress, to try and get a win over Usman. As time passed by, its getting less and less appealing. And I dont think theres anybody now that would make me come back. Im good. I will always train and be in shape.

St. Pierre, who turns 40 in May, is also smart enough to realize that his prime years are in the past. As it stands, he doesnt see anything special enough to lure him back into the Octagon and that includes a date with Usman. St. Pierre would prefer to keep his legacy intact rather than compete at something less than the peak of his powers.

It seems like people want to see me go on my shield, St Pierre said. A lot of guys wait too long to retire and they kind of go on their shield, and I never wanted to do this. I wanted to compete at my best and now Im at the point, are my best years behind me? They could be. I said to myself I dont want to compete if my best years are behind me. Your knowledge grows, but your physicality is diminished.

Im 39 going to be 40 soon. If I would have done something, it would have needed to be something that was really special that would really get me to the core of my motivation. I dont have the same motivation right now. Its not appealing to me. Im a big fan. I like to watch fights. But I look at them with the stress and Im like, Hell no. Im not doing it.

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