Newspaper article The Canadian Press

St-Pierre Slated to Take His Training Up a Notch, but Future Still Unclear

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

St-Pierre Slated to Take His Training Up a Notch, but Future Still Unclear

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St-Pierre's MMA future still cloudy

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HALIFAX - Georges St-Pierre is on the verge of returning to mixed martial arts training. But whether he fights again is still up in the air.

Longtime coach Firas Zahabi believes the former UFC welterweight champion is not short of motivation as he continues his comeback from knee surgery during his hiatus from the sport.

Zahabi, in Halifax to corner five fighters including No. 2 welterweight Rory MacDonald on Saturday's televised UFC card, says GSP is scheduled to take his training up a notch.

"He's been cleared now to do some martial arts training," Zahabi said this week. "We're going to take it one step at a time. We're going to get back in the gym, try to have some fun. You know he hasn't kicked and punched in a long time so we're going to have some fun with it first."

St-Pierre (25-2) vacated his title last December saying he needed time away from the sport. But he kept training.

He underwent surgery in April after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during a workout. GSP had reconstructive surgery on his other knee in December 2011.

The 33-year-old St-Pierre has denied recent reports that he is returning to action.

"No decision," St-Pierre said in a text Friday to The Canadian Press.

Zahabi says he can't speak for the former champion.

"But I believe there's still a lot of fire in him," said Zahabi. "I just think he needs to balance his life a lot more. When you run, you trip.

"He did too many fights too soon, too much. I think he's just got to space them out. He can handle that. He just needs to have some personal life as well."

After a controversial razor-thin split decision over Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks at UFC 167 last November, the battered champion seemed a man on the edge.

"I can't sleep at night now. I'm going crazy,'' he said in the post-fight news conference. "I have issues. …

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