Georges St-Pierre Is Disappointed Because Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Didn’t Come To Fruition, But Blames A Different Thing For The End Of His UFC Career
Georges St-Pierre, a legendary Octagon warrior who defended the UFC Welterweight title nine times in a row, officially announced his retirement on Thursday.
St Pierre last fought in November of 2017 where he captured a UFC middleweight title after submitting Michael Bisping in the main header of UFC 217. He is one of the rare fighters who retired on top. It was a harsh decision. (h/t MMAJunkie)
“It takes a lot of discipline to retire on top, it was a long process in my mind, but now it’s time to do it. Only a few people have done it, and I’ve always said that I wanna retire on my own, and not be told to retire, so it takes discipline.”
The former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight champion wished a super-fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov so badly, just like the undefeated Dagestani, but Dana White didn’t let it happen.
Yes, Georges St-Pierre is disappointed because his match against Khabib Nurmagomedov wasn’t materialized, he says a different reason caused the end of his career. (h/t Sporting News)
“In my case, it’s not really the head trauma. It’s more the stress that has been built up over years and years and years. That takes a lot out of me,” St-Pierre said. “I feel disappointed that the Khabib fight did not materialize. But in a way not too much, because I don’t have the same anger as I used to. There will always be another fight. It’s always about what’s next.”
But if the promotion comes up with a good offer, anything can happen. Georges St-Pierre left the door for the potential UFC comeback open.
“I don’t know where I will be mentally in a few months. I don’t know. For me, it’s retire now. That’s all I’m thinking about,”
“If ever something happened or Dana called me back and there’s something interesting, we’ll see. Like a movie scenario, oh he’s coming back. We’ll see. But right now I’m not thinking about it. I’m out.”
At least Georges St-Pierre will never stop training.
“I’m always gonna be training. For me, it’s just an au revoir, it’s just a goodbye. I’m not dead. I see athletes get fat after retirement, that’s not gonna be me. I look better in training now than when I did years ago.”
What do you think, why did Georges St-Pierre retire?