MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Georges St-Pierre announces return to the cage, Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki in the works for UFC 202

Georges St-Pierre announces return to the cage Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he’d like to end his three-year hiatus, as long as his management and the UFC are able to come to terms on a deal. “I’m ready. I’m an emotional guy. My agents, even before I came on the show today, they briefed me. They said, ‘don’t say this, don’t say that.’ They briefed me, they said, ‘we’re in negotiations, remember, blah, blah, blah.’ Like, yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I’m not a kid. But I’m an emotional guy, and when I get emotional sometimes, I say things that are necessarily in the best of my interests, and I’m trying to not go overboard with that. But the only thing is, I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now. The clock is running. I’m not getting any younger. I’m in the peak of my career and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now. I’ve been training, but being in shape and being in fighting shape is something different. I did a training to push myself and go back to the highest level of competition. I didn’t fight, but I put myself through a training camp and I sparred and everything, and I did it successfully. Now I know for a fact that I could go back and fight, if my management and the UFC get to an agreement. I have a lot to lose in this, because I finished on top,” St-Pierre said. “I finished as champion, and that’s the way everybody would like to leave the sport — on top, healthy, and wealthy — and I did it. If I go back and, it needs to be for something big. I think for my first fight, it needs to be for something big, and that’ll give me the swing and the momentum to do it again and again and again for another run. So it depends on what it going to happen, but I have a lot to lose, but the thing is also, the reason why I’ve been thinking of coming back, is I don’t want to end up at 80 years old and telling myself, ‘I should’ve done this, I should’ve done that.’ Because all of the things I regret in my life the most, it’s not the things that I have done. It’s the things that I have not done, the things that I regret the most. So I don’t want to end up where I’m too old and say, ‘aw, I should’ve done it. I was in great shape. My timing was impeccable, and I didn’t do it,’ so I would die with regret.” Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki in the works for UFC 202 reported Monday that a matchup between bantamweights Cody Garbrandt and Takeya Mizugaki is being targeted for UFC 202. Garbrandt (9-0) defeated Thomas Almeida by first round knockout last month to push his UFC record to 4-0. Mizugaki (21-9-2) hasn’t fought since a unanimous decision victory over George Roop back in September. UFC 202 takes place August 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.   Chad Mendes issues short statement following potential USADA violation UFC featherweight Chad Mendes has broken his slience following a potential USADA violation back on June 10th. Mendes (17-4) was flagged after an out-of-competition drug test performed by UFC anti-doping partner USADA.  


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