Georges St-Pierre’s return to the UFC was announced earlier this year, along with a rumored match-up against middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Speculation suggested that the UFC was looking to book St-Pierre against Bisping in July, as the main event for International Fight Week, in Las Vegas.
However, St-Pierre quickly shot that down before recently announcing that he wouldn’t be ready to fight until October. The delay ultimately cost St-Pierre a title fight against Bisping after UFC president Dana White cancelled the bout.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 22, 2017
Now St-Pierre has finally revealed the reason for his long delay in returning to the UFC after signing with the promotion several months ago.
“Trust me, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks, ‘Hey, I’m going to make everybody wait for me. I don’t want to fight during the summer, I want to take my time,” he said.
“That’s not the reason. If it were up to me, I would come back. The reason is I had a problem with my eye. I had an injury.
“UFC knew. Everyone knew. The people concerned knew that that was the case, but they still tried to put pressure on me to fight in July. That’s the reason why I’m coming out public today about the reason why I’m not fighting this summer.”