No one knows for sure if Georges St-Pierre is preparing for a return at UFC 200, but Tristar teammate Rory MacDonald wouldn't be shocked if it happened.
St-Pierre was recently a surprise attendee at UFC 196, where the former UFC welterweight champion watched cageside as Nate Diaz upset Conor McGregor with a thrilling second-round rear-naked choke. Since then, St-Pierre's longtime head trainer at Tristar, Firas Zahabi, has publicly campaigned for a fight between Diaz and the Canadian legend for July 9 at UFC 200.
@NateDiaz209 let me see what I can do...I know @GeorgesStPierre was very impressed by your performance. & So was I. https://t.co/jFu3hSt0Q2— Firas Zahabi (@Firas_Zahabi) March 9, 2016
MacDonald said on Monday, prior to reports emerging of Diaz rematching McGregor at UFC 200, that he thinks the potential showdown would be exactly the kind of big money fight that could coax St-Pierre back to the game.
"That would be fun," MacDonald said on The MMA Hour. "I think it'd be good to see him fight Nate or something like that, Conor or something would be cool. I really don't know, [St-Pierre is] so secretive. It's hard to get a read on it, you know? But he's training and he's doing good, so I don't know. I think it really comes down to the numbers."
St-Pierre, 34, is widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete in the sport. He twice won the UFC title, with a second reign that spanned over nine consecutive title defenses. Following a controversial victory over Johny Hendricks in late 2013, St-Pierre announced that he was taking a hiatus from the sport.
St-Pierre has since been reluctant to truly call himself retired, and rumors about his return have swirled as UFC 200 approaches.
A St-Pierre comeback fight would likely be one of the biggest draws the UFC could put together for its historic event, and with the younger Diaz brother riding a wave of momentum from his win over McGregor, the match-up would have made sense from a promotional angle. Though for now, with Diaz-McGregor 2 in the works, the ball is in St-Pierre's court if a return is actually to happen.
"I think he could come back if the right amount of money is on the table and the right fight is there for him," MacDonald said. "That's my guess. But I try not to ask Georges about that stuff, because that's pretty much anything anyone ever asks him about. When it happens, it'll happen, you know? I'll just see it on the news somewhere or something. But I don't know, he'll do what he ends up wanting to do. He'll be fine."