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St-Pierre shoots down talk of return: 'It's better if I stay retired'

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Even with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman calling him out, don't expect to see Georges St-Pierre back in the Octagon.

The former two-division titleholder said earlier this week he doesn't plan to return to the sport after officially retiring in early 2019. St-Pierre hasn't competed since winning the middleweight title against Michael Bisping in November 2017.

"For sure, sometimes I'm watching the fight and I'm like, 'Man, I think I can beat these guys,' or after when I'm done training I feel like I'm very confident," St-Pierre told TMZ.

"But then after I go home at night and I'm thinking about all of (those) crazy thoughts, and I'm like, 'I'm gonna be 40 years old soon. Do I really want to go back into a hardcore training camp of two months, put myself in jail, so to speak, and getting ready for hell?' And I'm like, 'No, I don't.'"

St-Pierre has said for several years he doesn't want to be someone who retires later than he should have. The 39-year-old said he's currently healthy - and wealthy - and has reached the conclusion that "it's better if I stay retired."

"The UFC knows where to find me," St-Pierre said. "If they want to offer me something, they can call. ... But I need to stay objective and smart about my decisions, and right now, to come back to fight for the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman and risk it all, there's more cons than pros. It's not worth it for me."

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