UFC president Dana White has once again said he doesn't even see MMA legend Georges St-Pierre (GSP) making a comeback into the octagon, as the hunger in him is just not there.
The former UFC welterweight champion, who turns 35 in May next year, has been out of action from the combat sport for more than two years; his last fight was in the main event of UFC 167 on 16 November, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
GSP is currently planning to undergo a six-week training camp after Thanksgiving Day 2015, to determine whether he is physically and mentally fit to return to the sport where he made an instant impact and went on to become one of the most-decorated fighters in the history of the UFC.
The French-Canadian fighter's boxing coach Freddie Roach confirmed the news.
"He [GSP] is very logical about [a possible return]," Roach was quoted by the LA Times as saying.
"He's going to have a six-week training camp. We're going to train every day like we're having a fight, and at the end of the six weeks, if he feels he has the desire to go on with it â€” if he wants to fight â€” then we will fight again.
"If he doesn't, we'll call it quits."
St-Pierre, a decorated kyokushin karateka, started posting his training videos on social media some months to give an insight into his preparations to make a much-awaited return to the octagon.
However, Dana White is not impressed. The UFC President had said in September this year that GSP might have fought for the last time in UFC 167 and still has doubts remaining over the fighter's hunger after two months.
"I highly doubt it's going to happen because GSP's been off for too long and has a ton of money," White said. "You don't do a six-week camp to learn if you have the hunger. You either know it or not. [Present UFC welterweight champion] Robbie Lawler knows it, he's hungry, he trains like an animal.
"You're either hungry and an animal or you're not," White added.
The 46-year-old American businessman thinks it is laughable to even imagine GSP making a comeback.
"It'd be great if he comes back, yes, I love Georges St-Pierre â€” amazing athlete â€” but comeback talk? I laugh at it. To be a world champion, you have to be hungry. That's not GSP. Not even close."
GSP, nicknamed 'Rush', had said last month that he needs to be prepared to return at the right time, but UFC fans won't really see the fighter rush back in the cage in 2015. "I watch the fights to see what's going on in my division, and I'm staying in shape," he was quoted by MMA Junkie as saying.
"It's like a knife that I have to keep sharp just in case I ever decide to jump back in the mix. It's most likely not going to happen in 2015, but I don't know, yet."