Ex-champ St-Pierre 'ready' for return to UFC

Georges St-Pierre, who stepped away from MMA fighting in late 2013 after a ninth straight defense of his UFC welterweight title, said Monday in a phone interview with “The MMA Hour” that he is prepared for a comeback.

“I’m ready,” St-Pierre, 35, said when asked whether he was prepared for a return to the UFC, after having alluded to the possibility in recent interviews.

St-Pierre, considered one of the best MMA fighters of all time, has a 25-2 record and held the UFC welterweight title from 2007 to 2013, beating Johny Hendricks in a split decision at UFC 167 the last time he fought.

He first won the title when he beat Matt Hughes in November 2006, before losing to Matt Serra in his first title defense in April 2007. He reclaimed the title in late 2007 and held it until he walked away six years later.

Robbie Lawler is the current UFC welterweight champion. But middleweight champion Michael Bisping and featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor have been mentioned as possible opponents if St-Pierre returns.

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