Former two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre is currently considering all of his options concerning a possible octagon return. With that in mind, the 37-year-old former title holder believes he will have to act fast.
After a nearly four year hiatus away from the sport, St-Pierre challenged and defeated UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for his title back at UFC 217. Shortly after, the French-Canadian fighter vacated his new title after suffering a debilitating case of colitis.
Speaking with longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, St-Pierre explained that he has no interest in fighting at 40-years-old.
“I want to make sure I get past (colitis) because I feel like if I go back into it, it will start all over again and I don’t want that. It was bad, Joe. I couldn’t sleep at night, bad cramps. I stayed up all night and had sparring the next day. It was crazy man.”
“I had to go to the bathroom and I had blood. You go to the bathroom and nothing come out and you see the blood. Man, what’s wrong?”
“I just turned 37 a few days ago. I don’t have much left. For what I have left, I want to make the big fight. The fight that fans want to see,” St-Pierre said. “I also want personally for me to achieve something that is unique, that is rare.”
“It’s impossible that I fight past 40. I’m not going to fight in a cage at 40 years old, man. 40 years old is finished for me, are you kidding? 40 years old, I’m a grown man. I’m not going to fight in a cage at 40 years old,” St-Pierre said emphatically.
“(So if I fight again) it has to happen fast. And if it don’t happen, I’m happy too. That, Joe, is why it needs to be something that really excite me.”