Speaking with the media Friday ahead of UFC 171 in Dallas, White talked about GSP returning after being asked if it is fun to have the Canadian fighter out.
“Is it fun for Georges St-Pierre to be gone?” White said. “I wouldn’t say it’s fun. But the welterweight division is exciting right now. When Georges does come back, whoever is standing there will be a fun fight.
“I know for a fact he will [come back].”
GSP has been less certain about his future. The 32-year-old left the UFC after barely beating Johny Hendricks by split decision in November. There were rumors that an unplanned pregnancy and family illness played a role in his departure from the sport. Then there were all the comments GSP made about the UFC’s lax stance against drug testing that made it sound like that was another reason he soured on the sport.
Most recently, though, St-Pierre said his OCD was the main reason why he left. GSP said he would obsess over his fights and opponents and admitted that practice was not healthy, so he wanted to give himself a break. That explanation made it seem much more likely that he would make a return when he’s ready.
GSP is one of the most popular fighters in the organization and one of the most highly-paid. He doesn’t exactly need the money, but when he grows tired of his break, he’ll probably want back in like White says.