You'd think Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) would be eager to welcome back one of it's biggest money-making stars to the Octagon, but Georges St-Pierre returning to the eight-walled cage simply isn't the books.
At least not for now, according to company president Dana White, who appeared on the "Jay and Dan Show" on FS1 to confirm that "Rush" would not take part in the upcoming UFC 206 pay-per-view event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Dec. 10, 2016.
His words via MMA Junkie:
"‘GSP's' not fighting in Toronto.I don't think he does (fight again). There's a certain mentality you have to have to be a fighter, and Georges St-Pierre hasn't had that mentality for a long time. And sometimes that's not a bad thing. Listen, the guy went out on top. How many athletes really go out on top? Go out the way you want to go out? The guy made a lot of money and when you take - this isn't a sport you take a three-year layoff from."
St-Pierre has proclaimed that details regarding UFC's partnership with Reebok is a big hurdle both sides came seem to come to an agreement on. Even if that's the case, White is unlikely to mention that to the media, as the sports apparel giant and the company he runs are making tons of money together.
Furthermore, according to this former champion, Georges asking price to return was alos too rich for UFC's blood.
Nevertheless, fight fans will have to take any thought of St-Pierre returning soon, out of their heads, as it seems the former Welterweight champion and his former employers are simply not seeing eye-to-eye.
UFC 206 is expected to be headlined by a Light Heavyweight title fight as division champion Daniel Cormier will defend his strap against Anthony Johnson. For more on that rematch and the rest of the event click here and here.