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Georges St-Pierre responds to Dana White on whether he's 'hungry'

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Will Georges St-Pierre return, or won't he?

That's one of the most often asked questions in the world of mixed martial arts these days.

For his part, the former long-time UFC welterweight champion hasn't made a decision yet either way.

"I don't even know, myself," St. Pierre said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It depends on a lot of things. I haven't made my decision. I haven't made my decision yet because I don't know. I'm not the kind of guy to say I'm going to retire and then come back, I don't like to do that. I just don't know."

But St-Pierre knows one thing: Whether or not he returns will have nothing to do with Dana White believing he lacks the hunger to return, as White recently told the Los Angeles Times.

Taking exception to White's comment that GSP doesn't have the hunger necessary to regain the title, St-Pierre countered there are different motivations for finding the desire to fight.

"There are different ways of being hungry," he said. "I still can be hungry, you can be more hungry than people who have nothing. I have so much to lose, because of my pride, the pride is my most important strength, I'm a very proud person, and I would never go back and make a fool of myself be humiliated, because I'm a very proud guy. I have so much to lose, that's what's going to makes me hungry, and be willing to do better than anyone, there's different ways to be hungry."

Another factor pondered by St-Pierre as he mulls a return? He doesn't want to look back when he gets old and gray and wonder "what if."

"Part of me is thinking, I have a lot more to lose than win, and another part of myself says, we only live once," said GSP, who hasn't fought since his UFC 167 split decision over Johny Hendricks. "I don't want to be at 80 years old, and tell myself "I should have done that and I didn't.' Most of things in life that I regret, are the things I haven't done, not the things I did, the things I haven't done."