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Dana White says Georges St-Pierre is retired from UFC, ‘Rush’s’ camp says otherwise

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UFC 217: Bisping v St-Pierre Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Georges St-Pierre is not walking though that door...again.

That’s according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, who says the former Welterweight and Middleweight champion of the world simply isn’t interested in fighting anymore and is now retired.

“‘We’ve been talking about a fight with ‘GSP.’ But GSP is retired. As far as I’m concerned ‘GSP’ is retired right now. He is not interested in fighting anybody.” said White during a recent interview with TSN.

When asked about any validity to a four-man tournament between Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre, White didn’t verify but did say a fight between “Rush” and Nate was pursued but the French-Canadian turned it down.

“We were trying to do a fight with him and Nate Diaz in Los Angeles, and ‘GSP’ did not want the fight. He does not want to fight right now, he is not interested in fighting.”

St-Pierre ended his near four-year hiatus at UFC 217 last November when he came back to defeat Michael Bisping to capture the 185-pound strap and etch his name into the history books.

Soon thereafter, “Rush” vacated the belt citing issues with colitis, prompting the promotion to dub then-interim title holder Robert Whittaker -- who will face Yoel Romero this Saturday (June 9) at UFC 225 — the undisputed champion.

Of course, Georges has not come out and announced his retirement, so until he does the door is always open for him to mount another mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback. Furthermore, St-Pierre’s manager — Rodolphe Beaulieu — reached out to MMA Junkie to squash White’s claims.

“He was on Ariel (Helwani’s) show a few weeks ago and on Joe Rogan’s podcast a couple weeks ago and during a three-hour interview he never said he was retired,” Beaulieu said. “He mentioned on both what would interest him. On both interviews he said exactly why he had no interest for the Diaz fight. He explained all his reasoning.”

If and when St-Pierre does return, the opponent has to be someone worthy enough to add to his legacy. And this guy just won’t cut it.