Former champion Georges St Pierre spoke to fans at a recent appearance in Canada and sat down with FanSided for a one-on-one interview.
St. Johns, Newfoundland – Georges St-Pierre isn’t envious of anyone actively competing in mixed martial arts these days, the former two-weight champion is happily retired and pursuing other endeavors outside of the sport. Although he isn’t dealing with the rigors of training and fight camps, the Canadian is kept busy making appearances and preparing for work that will see him on the silver screen in 2020.
But that doesn’t mean that the fanbase isn’t pursuing him about a potential match-up with the undisputed UFC champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Retired or not, St-Pierre’s name will always be in the conversation when it comes to potential super fights. The fact that he left the sport on an impressive championship title win at a weight class above his natural weight only intensifies the demand from fans.
While he isn’t currently entertaining the idea of a return, St-Pierre expressed his thoughts on the hopeful return of a former foe, Nick Diaz. He expressed his sadness with Diaz being inactive at a time that he believes the Stockton native could be having an incredibly successful and lucrative career.
“I think just it’s sad to see a guy like him waste his best years,” St-Pierre told FanSided. “I think he could have been champion, especially when Woodley was there. Stylistically it would of been a nightmare for a guy like Tyron Woodley.”
St-Pierre is forthcoming about his opinion on Diaz’s skill set and where it stands in today’s welterweight landscape, stating that it was the former Strikeforce welterweight champion that gave him one of his toughest challenges throughout his storied career. St-Pierre does consider that perhaps all is not lost and a successful return to MMA may not be out of the question for Diaz. Especially in light of the success, his brother Nate Diaz has seen in the latter stages of his career.
“He’s one of the best fighters that I fought,” said St-Pierre. “Who knows, maybe his best years are to come.”
Admittedly he doesn’t have his thumb on the pulse on the sport like he once did, but the recent fight announcement of Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal for UFC 244 in November has piqued St-Pierre’s interest. Not just because of the technical aspects of the matchup between the two, but because of who they are as individuals. It’s the intangibles that Nate and Masvidal possess that garners so much respect from St-Pierre.
“I don’t watch fights as much as I did before, but this is going to be one that I’m going to tune into,” said St-Pierre. “What makes it interesting is the character of these fighters.”
St-Pierre is currently still retired and says it will take the right fight to bring him back to the Octagon. The fans will be impatiently waiting for that moment to come.