It appears only a few details stand between Georges St. Pierre and a return to the octagon.
In a candid interview Monday, the three-time former UFC welterweight champion told The MMA Hour podcast that his lengthy hiatus from fighting, which is approaching three years, is nearing its end.
St. Pierre’s comeback is dependent on a new deal with the UFC — something his camp is working on.
Negotiations are ongoing, according to the 35-year-old Montrealer, but there’s no doubt he fully intends on fighting again.
“Exactly. That’s what I’m saying,” St. Pierre said when asked if he was announcing his imminent return.
“I’m ready. I’m an emotional guy. My agents, even before I came on the show today, they briefed me. They said, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that.’ They briefed me, they said, ‘We’re in negotiations, remember, blah, blah, blah.’ Like, yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I’m not a kid. But I’m an emotional guy, and when I get emotional sometimes, I say things that are necessarily in the best of my interests, and I’m trying to not go overboard with that.
“But the only thing is, I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now. The clock is running. I’m not getting any younger. I’m in the peak of my career and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now.”
St. Pierre, who is perhaps better known as GSP, announced he would step away from fighting on Dec. 13, 2013, roughly a month after defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas.
His MMA record is listed as 25-2.