White teased his intentions of putting together a superfight next year, which had people speculating that former dual champion St-Pierre could be involved. St-Pierre, who has remained in great physical shape after retiring in 2017, quickly shut down that idea.
“Absolutely not,” St-Pierre told MMA Junkie and other reporters after Sunday’s UFC Fight Pass Invitational event. “I promise you, I always told myself that I will not fight in the cage after the age of 40. I don’t say I will never compete in any combat sport event, but a fight in a cage professionally in a serious thing for my legacy, I will not do it.”
St-Pierre was scheduled to compete at the UFC Fight Pass Invitational at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas in a rumored grappling match against former foe Nick Diaz, but an injury forced him out. He ended up commentating the event instead.
While he won’t fight, St-Pierre is still interested in grappling as long as his shoulder fully recovers.
“I’m extremely competitive, and sometimes I forget that I’m 42, and I don’t give myself enough rest, and that’s why I think I partially tore my labrum, my subscap, and my rotator cuff,” St-Pierre said. “But my shoulder is getting better, and we’ll see how it goes.”
St-Pierre, a former longtime UFC welterweight champion, hasn’t competed in combat sports since he returned from a four-year layoff to claim the middleweight title from Michael Bisping in November 2017 at UFC 217.