Georges St-Pierre will no longer be making his return to competition.
The UFC announced earlier this summer that St-Pierre would be returning to competition as he would headline a UFC Fight Pass grappling event in December. Although no opponent was announced, many fans were excited to see the UFC Hall of Famer back in action.
Immediately after the announcement, the likes of Luke Rockhold, Charles Oliveira, and Demian Maia among others offered to grapple Georges St-Pierre. Yet, speaking to MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter, St-Pierre revealed he was set to grapple Nick Diaz, but both have suffered injuries so he won’t be competing in December.
Georges St-Pierre reveals he was supposed to grapple Nick Diaz
“They had an opponent. His name was Nick Diaz, people who are familiar with the sport know that we competed against each other in mixed martial arts,” Georges St-Pierre said to TSN. “Unfortnately, he’s hurt, he has a neck injury and I just got hurt myself, I have a shoulder injury. So, I have to wait a few weeks to see if it will require surgery because some of the things are wear and tear and it will heal by itself. But, when I got hurt, maybe the problem is mechanical. So, I have to wait a few weeks to see if it will require surgery and unfortunately, it will be canceled and perhaps postponed in the future.”
As of right now, it’s uncertain how long both Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz will be out due to their injuries. The hope for many fans after hearing the news is that the UFC can rebook this grappling matchup for some time in 2024 as it would be highly anticipated.
Georges St-Pierre last competed in MMA at UFC 217 in 2017 as he submitted Michael Bisping to become the middleweight champ. It was his return fight and made the Canadian a two-division champion in the UFC. He has since retired from the sport but has continued training, which is why he was going to do the grappling competition.