Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre is no closer to making his return to mixed martial arts (MMA), because he hasn't found the "fire" to compete again and is currently enjoying his hiatus from combat sports.
"Rush" spoke to the gang at Inside MMA during an interview that aired last Friday night (July 11, 2014) on AXS TV.
"I needed this. To be happy, I needed it. I lost the motivation. The feeling that I want is the need to compete again. If you have a bad day [in MMA] you can get hurt really bad. I truly believe if I find the fun of doing it again, and I find the fire back, I believe I'm the best in the world and if I ever come back, it's going to be to show it. Right now, I'm enjoying my time."
Maybe Freddie Roach was right?
After walking away from MMA last December, St. Pierre tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee earlier this year while wrestling, forcing him to go under the knife (pic) and endure several months on the sidelines. But instead of pushing him closer to retirement, it's actually made him more motivated than ever.
That's according to coach Firas Zahabi, but he didn't sound very motivated during his Inside MMA interview.
St. Pierre, 33, required surgery to repair the same injury (different knee) back in 2011, which sidelined the French-Canadian for more than one year. Upon his return, he defeated Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks by way of decision before taking a break to deal with a litany of personal and professional problems.
A break that could, conceivably, last forever.