George Saint Pierre’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach John Danaher believes that the former Welterweight & Middleweight UFC champion and number 4 pound for pound fighter in the world may never fight again.
GSP vacated his belt last week after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. During an appearance on the MMA Hour, Danaher explained GSP would need time before making his choice on whether or not he should return in the octagon. He described it as a “life-changing decision” as the former champion’s medical condition would most likely be the determining factor along with his motivation.
“I don’t want to say yes or no because it’s not my decision, really. These are deeply personal decisions that Georges has to make. More over, they have to be made not as spur of the moment decisions.
These are life-changing decisions, so they will have to made on the basis of Georges’ reaction to the medications that he’s taking for ulcerative colitis.
From what I understand, the standard medications for ulcerative colitis take some considerable amount time to take effect – anywhere from three to eight months – before you’ll even notice any changes. We have to see how he reacts to his medication regiment and make a decision based on that.
Your first question was medically will he be able to comeback? The answer is we don’t know yet and we’ll see how he reacts to the medication. Your second question was psychologically is he in the game – does he want to do this?”