A story that seemed to be beaten to death is the possible return to the UFC of Georges ‘Rush’ St. Pierre but in light of recent speculation, perhaps the story still has life in it.
Firas Zahabi (long-time coach of GSP), appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss stories arising from the famed Tristar gym in Canada. The main topic of conversation, however, was of the possible return of GSP.
Zahabi seemed to believe that the speculation is founded.
“If I had to venture, I would say yes he comes back in 2016,” said Zahabi.
Not wanting to be taken up wrong, Zahabi did indicate that he was not speaking on behalf of GSP and that he didn’t know for sure what Georges’ plan was.
After being linked to a fight with Nate Diaz following his impressive victory over Conor McGregor, it looked as though we might see the return of Georges as soon as July at UFC 200.
Since it is looking likely now that the Diaz vs McGregor rematch will be going ahead, Ariel asked Zahabi about the prospect of GSP fighting Robbie Lawler, the current Welterweight champion.
“I don’t know if he wants to be champion,” replied Zahabi.
If not, that all but rules out a possible return for UFC 200, so when would be the right time? The magnitude of UFC 200 seemed to be the UFC’s best chance of luring GSP out of inactivity.
However, Zahabi notably got excited when he learned that the ban on MMA is likely to be lifted in New York in the coming weeks, with reports on Tuesday (via MMA Weekly) confirming the news, setting up a first ever event in Madison Square Garden. The event is tentatively booked for November.
Maybe the Diaz vs McGregor winner will get a headline slot opposite one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena
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