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Georges St-Pierre, now released from UFC contract, says ‘never say never’ to fight sport’s return

Georges St-Pierre does not rule out a return to combat sports now that he is a free man.

The UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division champion revealed over the weekend that he is no longer under contract with the UFC now that he is almost five years away from his fight. retirement against Michael Bisping at UFC 217, which saw St-Pierre capture middleweight. championship and establishes himself as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

“I’m already out of my UFC contract. I’m outside. I couldn’t be here today [working with Showtime] if I was under UFC contract,” St-Pierre told MMA Fighting ahead of the Paul vs. Silva fight. “It might piss off the UFC that I’m here, but I did it because, like I said, I now have the freedom to do what I want, with whom I want, when I want.

” If I wanted [I could compete in boxing]“, continued St-Pierre. “You never say never. If it’s for a good cause, it’s well organized, who knows? I could do boxing or grappling. Who knows? But my days of trying to prove that I’m the strongest man alive are over. I have other priorities in life and I always train, I always understand. When I leave with a guy, when I train with a guy, I always understand. But my heart is no longer there.

St-Pierre, 41, is widely considered the greatest welterweight to ever compete in MMA. The Canadian icon closed out his career in 2017 on a 13-fight winning streak and holds countless records for the 170-pound division, having defended his welterweight title nine times in a row before vacating his title and losing his title. away from the sport for four years in 2013. St-Pierre has the distinction of defeating every man he has faced, as he avenged his two UFC losses to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra with devastating victories .

While his legacy may lie in the octagon, St-Pierre told MMA Fighting that if he ever returns to active competition, it will be in a different sport — one with less risk than MMA.

“I could compete because I’m in an entertainment business, boxing or grappling, something safer than MMA,” St-Pierre said. “Not MMA. Something safer, with less risk, because I have a lot more to lose and it’s not my priority anymore. And yes, why not? You know what I mean? If it’s done right and all. But something like a boxing match with small [gloves]no, I’m done with that.

“Be here [for Paul vs. Silva] reminds me how much I don’t miss it. It’s unbearable for me, the stress and all. Insupportable. I never liked fighting. I fought because it propelled me to where I wanted to be in life, to have the freedom to be able to do what I want with whoever I want, whenever I want. That’s why I did it. You’re never 100% free, but I’m way freer than most guys, in a way.

Watch St-Pierre’s full interview above.