While the Tristar Gym coach expects St. Pierre to eventually
compete in the UFC again, it won’t necessarily be soon. Citing
health issues due to colitis, St. Pierre vacated the middleweight
title he won with a third-round submission of Michael
Bisping at UFC 217. Prior to that, “Rush” hadn’t fought since
defending his welterweight crown against Johny
Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013.
“I have no idea [how long he’ll be out].” Zahabi told Fight
Hub TV. “I think he’s out for at least a year or two. I don’t
know. We all love Georges but he’s put in so many years, he’s put
in so many bouts, I don’t think it’s fair to ask him for more.”
In December, Zahabi indicated that St. Pierre would only return to
the UFC for a
”big, exciting fight.” One name Zahabi mentioned was Conor
McGregor, currently the promotion’s top pay-per-view draw.
Regardless of whether that fight becomes a reality, Zahabi believes
that St. Pierre’s competitive spirit will eventually lure him back
into the Octagon once again.
“I think, personally, that he’s going to fight again,” Zahabi said.
“He doesn’t know. Nobody knows but I think that he’s just so
hyper-competitive that eventually he’s gonna wake up one day and be
like, ‘I need a challenge.’ I just think that’s the person he is.
That’s how I see him but we’ll have to wait and see.”