While fans and pundits continue to speculate as to whether Georges St-Pierre will fight again, if he does, could he be champion once more?

Of course, since St. Pierre has won 12 straight fights and has one of the greatest records the sport has ever known, many GSP boosters would argue ‘of course.’ Others, however, might point out that the former welterweight champ is turning 34, and in addition, he has yet to fight since he underwent another knee surgery. Yes, they would also probably point to St-Pierre’s controversial, split decision win over Johny Hendricks, as an indication that perhaps his best days are behind him.

Well, GSP hasn’t said whether he intends to fight again, but while speaking to Chael Sonnen recently on the latter’s podcast, he reportedly said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I believe if I ever want to come back and fight I could be the best in mixed martial arts, if I find the fun and I have the feel for it again,” St-Pierre said. “If I train hard and I have the pleasure to do it, I believe I can still be on top.”

Since we are talking about one of the greatest fighters of all time, it’s not surprising to hear GSP say this, and as noted before, many probably agree. Where things could get interesting, however, is if GSP decides to come back, and Rory MacDonald becomes welterweight champ at UFC 189. Might that affect St-Pierre’s decision? Since he’s buddies with the Tristar fighter?

That aside, St-Pierre was asked for his take on Lawler-MacDonald II, and here is some of what he had to say:

“Lawler, he’s a dangerous guy,” St-Pierre said. “Anything can happen. I truly believe if Rory comes with his best game he’s better than Lawler and better than Hendricks as well. But it’s not the best fighter who wins the fight, it’s the guy that will fight the best the night of the fight.”

The Canadian also noted that he’d be “very happy” if MacDonald became champ. Now that’s a true friend right?

Lawler-MacDonald II will take place on July 11th at UFC 189, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, featherweight champ Jose Aldo will take on Conor McGregor.