In case you thought former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre was sitting on the couch eating bon-bons in his
retirement time away from the sport, the video above shows he's looking very much like the same guy who crushed the division for nearly seven years.
Check out "Rush" engaging in a series of strenuous gymnastics training moves spliced together from several different days. His regimen includes brutal core muscle exercises, somersaults, front and back flips, all while wearing ankle weights and appearing to do very little resting between exercises.
One thing looks certain from the video. That torn left ACL he sustained while training on March 27 of 2014 looks to be very much a thing of the past. Fans may remember that it was a torn right ACL that put "GSP" out of action for 19 months before his successful title defense against Carlos Condit at UFC 154. Those knees seem to be firing on all cylinders today.
However in shape the French-Canadian may be, he has repeatedly denied rumors he will return to the sport that he walked away from on Dec. 13, 2013 following a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks. And considering he celebrated his thirty-fourth birthday last Tuesday, the window of opportunity may be closing.
GSP gave fans faint hope in April when he gave an interview to the Winnipeg Sun suggesting anything is possible:
"It doesn't mean I'm coming back, but it doesn't mean I'm not coming back," he said.
Last month, his former manager Stephane Patry told The MMA Hour that he thinks St-Pierre will return for "that one fight everyone wants to see."
Well, time to get your hopes up, Canada.