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Johny Hendricks has a message for Georges St. Pierre: Hey, stay in retirement!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (25-2) is "thinking about" coming back to the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) after spending more than a year on the sidelines.

That might not be such a good idea, according to Johny Hendricks.

"Bigg Rigg," the last fighter to face the French-Canadian phenom before "Rush" exited stage left, thinks it's time for UFC and MMA to find its new version of St. Pierre (which may actually happen in this fight), though he wouldn't be opposed to a possible rematch.

Hendricks talks to Submission Radio:

"There’s a part of me that sits there and says 'Yes, I’d love to have him back, because I would like to fight him again,' but then there’s also a part of me where you’re never going to be able to take away what he did. Does that make sense? He did a lot of stuff for the sport and a lot of stuff for the welterweight division. So there’s a part of me that says 'hey, stay in retirement and let us decide to see who the next sort of GSP will be.' That’s where my head's at."

He may not be the only one.

St. Pierre, 33, took a self-imposed hiatus to deal with personal and professional demons, ones that dogged him over the course of his decade-long combat sports career. A lot has changed in his absence: improvements are being made and new stars are being created.

Maybe it's time to close the book on the "GSP" era?

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