Almost immediately after Georges St. Pierre was spotted in Las Vegas to watch the UFC 196 event earlier this month, rumors began to emerge about his return to the Octagon. According to retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen, GSP reportedly went to the event to negotiate his comeback with Dana White.
The last time fight fans saw GSP inside the Octagon was in November of 2013 when he fought against Johny Hendricks for the main of UFC 167. Then, after securing the win via a controversial split decision, the former three-time welterweight champion decided to take a break from his professional MMA career.
But in a rare instance, those who followed UFC 196 saw GSP sitting cageside. Others even speculated that main card fighter Conor McGregor would call him out for a potential if he hadn't lost to Nate Diaz.
Then, in his recent podcast, Sonnen said that aside from watching the fight, GSP actually attended the event to talk to White about his return. The retired fighter also noted that the two parties were discussing a possible comeback fight scheduled for UFC 200, which is set to take place in July of this year.
However, since neither GSP nor White has made any comments on the former's return, the revelation made by Sonnen should only be taken with a grain of salt for now.
Even Rory MacDonald, GSP's Tristar Gym teammate, has no idea whether or not "Rush" is preparing to come back to the UFC. But, according to him, GSP will probably return if the offer is right.
"He's so secretive," MacDonald told the MMA Hour via Bloody Elbow. "It's hard to get a read on it, but he's training and he's doing good. I don't know. I think it really comes down to numbers."
"I think he could come back, if the right amount of money is on the table, if the right fight is there for him," he added. "That's my guess. But I try not to ask Georges about those stuff, because that's pretty much what everyone wants to ask him."
But, if he does decide to return, the UFC could setup an interesting bout between GSP and a few select fighters. These include Robbie Lawler, who became the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion shortly after GSP's hiatus. Diaz could also be looking to take on St. Pierre to avenge his brother Nick, who lost to the Canadian at UFC 158, Around the Octagon reported.