In February, Georges St-Pierre relayed in an interview that he’s getting the “itch” to fight again, and according to renowned boxing coach Freddie Roach, the welterweight star has told him the same thing.
For months now, there’s been no shortage of speculation as to whether GSP will return to the Octagon, but the fighter has yet to say he’s coming back. Just last week, the MMA world buzzed a little bit when St-Pierre told Chael Sonnen he believes he “can still be on top.”
Well, the aforementioned Roach recently talked to AXS TV’s “Inside MMA“, and since the boxing trainer has worked with GSP in the past, he was asked whether he believes the former champ will return. Roach had this to say in response (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I trained him 2 days ago, before he went home. I said, ‘what do you think, are you going to fight again?’ He said ‘I’m getting the itch.'”
“I said, ‘well if you do, make sure you’re 100% healthy and everything is on point’. He said ‘the only way I’ll fight again is if you promise me you’ll be in my corner’. That’s not a problem. I do think Georges will fight one more time at least, and we will train very hard for that fight. Hard work pays, and he’s a disciplined guy.”
“It was funny. I was looking the other day at the locker room, and I said ‘who left their gloves here?’ It’s GSP’s. He’ll be back. His gloves are in my locker room.”
How about that huh? Not only is that interesting because of what GSP said, but the fact St-Pierre is training with Roach, could signal he’s exploring a comeback.
Yes, St-Pierre still trains, but most of the time it’s in his home town of Montreal. Maybe he happened to be in Los Angeles, but when someone goes out their way to train with one of the best boxing coaches on the planet, one could argue they’re thinking about taking things up a notch no?
St-Pierre hasn’t fought now since November, 2013, when he earned a split decision win over Johny Hendricks. Since then, the soon to be 34 year-old has undergone another knee surgery. GSP announced his hiatus from fighting having won 12 straight fights.