After Georges St-Pierre's trainer posted this picture of the French-Canadian's first day back to full mixed martial arts (MMA) training, countless "GSP" fans hoped it was a sign of an eventual return to the Octagon.
But according to recent comments from St-Pierre himself while a guest on Chael Sonnen's "You're Welcome" podcast, Georges was only training as part of his daily routine.
Though he hasn't done much MMA training since he went under the knife earlier this year to repair a torn ACL, he has been in the gym hitting the weights and doing gymnastics training. As a result, the former 170-pound champion is now walking around at 200-pounds of rock-solid muscle.
"I don't know, I'm the biggest I've ever been. Due to my rehab, I was not able to do martial arts training. I did a lot of strength conditioning exercises mixed with a lot of gymnastics. So, I gained a lot of muscle mass. I'm the heaviest I've been in my life, I'm like 200 pounds. I used to walk around at 188 pounds and now I am 200 pounds. Still, at 200 pounds (if I come back) it will be at welterweight. The guys in my division walk around over 200 pounds. Even before when I used to compete, I was very small. I have a very large frame that makes me look bigger because I have a long reach. But I'm not that heavy, I'm a small guy for the elite of my weight class, actually."
Blowing up after surgery is not uncommon.
But just because "'Rush" now has the bulk to fight at middleweight, doesn't mean he'll make a return to the Octagon and fight at 185 pounds. If anything, the extra-weight will help him compete with the new, bigger breed of 170-pound fighters if and when he ever decides to return to the division he ruled for so long.