Georges St. Pierre returned after a four-plus year hiatus to defeat Michael Bisping and win the UFC Middleweight Title in the main event of UFC 217 this past November.
The Canadian MMA great has since relinquished the title due to a battle with ulcerative colitis, but coach Firas Zahabi believes GSP could be back within two years.
“I have no idea [how long he’ll be out].” said Zahabi on 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.”
GSP himself has yet to give a time frame for when he could return to action.
Zahabi believes that GSP will compete again when he decides that another challenge needs to be met.
“I think, personally, that he’s going to fight again. 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,” says Zahabi.
Besides being a former UFC Middleweight Champion, a sidelined GSP is also a former UFC Welterweight Champion.