“I don’t even know, myself. It depends on a lot of things. I haven’t made my decision. I haven’t made my decision yet because I don’t know. I’m not the kind of guy to say I’m going to retire and then come back, I don’t like to do that. I just don’t know… I have so much to lose, because of my pride, the pride is my most important strength, I’m a very proud person, and I would never go back and make a fool of myself be humiliated, because I’m a very proud guy. I have so much to lose, that’s what’s going to makes me hungry, and be willing to do better than anyone, there’s different ways to be hungry… Part of me is thinking, I have a lot more to lose than win, and another part of myself says, we only live once. I don’t want to be at 80 years old, and tell myself ‘I should have done that and I didn’t.’ Most of things in life that I regret, are the things I haven’t done, not the things I did, the things I haven’t done.”
Penick’s Analysis: St-Pierre’s often talked about how much the fear of losing that title and all he had built in his career drove him, and this is very much in line with that mentality. It’s an understandable internal conflict he’s expressing, and it makes sense that he hasn’t committed to anything just yet. If and when he returns, he’s going to have to give it his full effort in order to make it a successful endeavor, and to avoid the pitfalls he concerns himself with. He’s not entirely sure if he wants to do that just yet, and so a potential 2016 return continues to remain in question. It’s hard to say what will wind up happening, as his indecision could bring him either direction, but for now it remains a waiting game.
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