Of course, not long after GSP worked his way to a controversial, decision win over Hendricks in November, 2013, the former champ announced he was talking a break from fighting. Since then, there’s been no shortage of speculation as to whether St-Pierre will fight again, but the Canadian hasn’t said that he will.
“There’s a part of me that sits there and says ‘Yes, I’d love to have him back, because I would like to fight him again’, but then there’s also a part of me where you’re never going to be able to take away what he did. Does that make sense? He did a lot of stuff for the sport and a lot of stuff for the welterweight division. So there’s a part of me that says ‘hey, stay in retirement and let us decide to see who the next sort of GSP will be’. That’s where my head’s at.”
Hendricks certainly isn’t alone in this opinion. While a ton of fans would love to see GSP fight again, and rematch “Bigg Rigg”, many also don’t see why the star should come back. St-Pierre announced his hiatus while he was still on top, and having put together one of the most impressive runs the sport has ever seen (12 straight wins, 9 consecutive title defenses). So, what would the 33 year-old really stand to gain by returning?
Hendricks, meanwhile, is coming off a decision win over Matt Brown at UFC 185. Depending on what happens over the coming months, Hendricks is expected to face the winner of Robbie Lawler-Rory MacDonald II. That fight will take place on July 11th.