UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has set his sights on returning to action at UFC 206 in December in his home country of Canada.
St-Pierre has not fought since he defended his UFC welterweight championship belt for the ninth time against Johny Hendricks in November 2013. The 35-year-old voluntarily vacated the title the following month in order to take a break from the sport.
Over the years there has been much talk that St-Pierre will return to the Octagon, and speculation intensified when he enrolled in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s drug-testing program. A fighter needs to be in the program for four months before he is able to fight.
The timing of St-Pierre’s enrollment means that he will be eligible to fight at UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on December 10.
Speaking on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, the Canadian confirmed that he hoped to make his comeback in front of his home crowd, with Tyron Woodley, Nick Diaz and Demian Maia the three fighters he’s interested in facing off against.
“These guys can elevate me,” St-Pierre said. “They’re not necessarily guys I’m supposed to beat. … To get far in this game, it’s not about who’s got the biggest balls. It’s a straight line. You’ve got to know who you’ve got to beat.”
St-Pierre also fired back at UFC chairman Dana White who recently asserted that St-Pierre no longer had the desire to fight at the highest level.
“He doesn’t know anything about me,” St-Pierre said. “I’m a smart guy. I’m not the kind of guy who (makes angry noises). Oh, I’m going to fight for peanuts. Let me fight once and you’ll see in the first minute of the fight that he’s wrong.
“Let me fight Tyron Woodley then. We’ll see if I don’t want to be champion again.”