Georges St-Pierre may say that he's ready to return to fighting, but UFC President Dana White isn't buying it.
When speaking to the media last week ahead of UFC 200, White said that despite GSP explicitly stating he's interested in fighting again, he doesn't think it will occur.
"Georges St-Pierre will not fight again. I've said that before and I'll say it again -- Georges St-Pierre is done. He's retired. He will not fight again," White said.
While nowhere near confirmed, it's quite possible that statements like this are a negotiating tactic, as they always are. One man's 'will not fight again,' is another man's 'will not fight again for the price he's asking.'
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When asked if St-Pierre told White as much as it pertains to fighting again, White took an interesting stance.
"He doesn't have to tell me that. I've dealt with him," White said. "We've been dealing with this thing. I've been in this since I was 19 years old. I know the mentality of a fighter that wants to fight, and I know the mentality of a fighter that does not want to fight."
St-Pierre appeared on MMA Fighting's The MMA Hour last month and announced his intent to start fighting again. According to White, this is nothing new.
"He's been saying that a long time. I wholeheartedly believe you will not see GSP in the Octagon again unless he's cornering someone," White closed.