Georges St-Pierre: More and more, I have more fun in training and the fire is coming back

A popular question that comes up from time to time with mixed martial arts fans is whether former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will return to competition in the UFC.

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St-Pierre (25-2) walked away from the sport in late 2013 following a decision win over Johny Hendricks to retain the UFC 170 pound title.

“I’ve been fighting for a long time,” St-Pierre said in late December when he walked away from the sport. “I have 22 fights in the UFC, and 15 were for a world title. I’ve been fighting a long time at a high level, a lot of pressure and criticizing. I’ve decided I needed to take some time off.”

Since that announcement, there has been speculation that St-Pierre could be coming back to the sport. Last year, UFC President Dana White stated that he expected the former champion to return in 2015. However, that has not happened and during last night’s edition of UFC Tonight, St-Pierre was asked if he wants to come back to the UFC.

“It’s not interesting for me right now,” St-Pierre said. “I’m not sure. I just really don’t know. That’s why I didn’t say if I’m retired yet. I just don’t know. I want to sit back, relax and watch the show. More and more, I have more fun in training and the fire is coming back. But it should be a rational decision as well.”