Though retired from the sport for nearly two years, longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre lingers in the minds of fighters in the division.
At a UFC 195 media event in Las Vegas, current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and the no. 3 ranked contender Carlos Condit discussed what St-Pierre's return would mean to their careers and the division.
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On Jan. 2, 2016, Lawler and Condit will square off at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawler will look to successfully defend his title for a third time while Condit will look to finally capture an undisputed UFC championship.
At UFC 154, Condit fell short in his bid to unify the interim welterweight title when he dropped a decision to St-Pierre. If "GSP" came back, he'd love the chance to rectify that.
"I've had the honor of stepping in the Octagon with Georges before and I would love to again, especially because of the fact that he beat me," Condit told FOX Sports. "I have a loss to him and I want to avenge it.
"I want to avenge my losses. I want to avenge as many losses as I can. I've already avenged two in my career and I still have a couple more to go. Avenging a loss to GSP, it's definitely on my radar."
Whether or not St-Pierre returns to active competition isn't Lawler's main concern for now. The current welterweight titleholder was indifferent as to whether or not the Canadian comes back.
"I don't really concentrate too much on that. I don't really concentrate too much on 'what ifs' and this could happen. Otherwise you could spend your whole day like, 'what iff-ing' and your day would be over and you didn't accomplish anything. I just concentrate on me and what I can control. But if he comes back, he comes back. I'll be ready."
Just days ago, St-Pierre's coach Firas Zahabi told The MMA Hour that he believes the Canadian athlete still has the desire to compete. Should St-Pierre return, it could cause some major upheaval in the 170-pound weight class. After a two-year hiatus, it would be quite a challenge for any athlete to jump into a title fight, but with the credentials the Tri-Star fighter has, it wouldn't be completely off the mark. Tyron Woodley is currently in line to fight the winner of Lawler vs. Condit.
St-Pierre had nine consecutive title defenses and a 12-fight winning streak when he stepped away on the hinges of a controversial decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.