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Freddie Roach: GSP Will Endure Training Camp, Then Decide If He Will Return

Georges St-Pierre will undergo a six-month training camp to test his will to fight one last time.
November 5, 2015, 7:48pm
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

In December of 2013 Canada's biggest mixed martial arts star vacated his UFC welterweight title and walked away from the sport. Sort of.

Officially, it was a "hiatus" in which Georges could heal his injuries, and ponder his future. The then 32-year-old fighter seemed unhappy and aloof, and although the general MMA public was upset, they were content to let Georges take a much-needed break.

In October of 2014 the first good news arrived in the form of a doctor's clearance, which prompted St-Pierre to start training again—which he's done sporadically ever since.

The following January, however, his manager Rodolphe Beaulieu told reporters that he believed Georges would not be making a return to the Octagon. We accepted this as fact, but a shred of hope remained.

Now, two long years later, the first real news about the Canadian champion's status came from the mouth of world-famous boxing trainer Freddy Roach, in an interview with Fight Hub.

"So we came up with a process. He's going to train for a fight. He's going to have a six-week training camp, and at the end of the six weeks, if he feels like he's ready to fight, and he's hungry for it like he always has been, he's going to do it. He's going to fight one more time," Roach proclaimed.

"If he doesn't feel it, and he feels like it's just not there, he's going to let it go and he's going to retire."

Nothing else is known about GSP's decision to give it one last try, but (as Freddie pointed out in the interview) it's an extremely smart decision to undergo a training camp before signing up for a bout, regretting it, and potentially having a poor showing.

No matter what he decides, we wish GSP all the best. But, something tells us that hitting mitts with Freddie will be inspiring enough to sway him into battle.

One. Last. Time.