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Monday, 01/13/2014, 05:30 am

Georges St. Pierre “Very Happy” with his choice to leave MMA

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre gives his first interview since retiring from mixed martial arts (MMA) in December of 2013. And it seems like hes has never been happier. He stated that he was able to spend the holiday’s with his family, something that is much harder to do when champion, and has no ill feelings about leaving when he did.

St. Pierre sat down with Edmonton Sun recently saying,

“I spent Christmas time and New Years, with my family. That’s something I haven’t done for a long time. This is the first time I’ve really had nothing on my schedule. It was perfect. It was fun. It’s the first time it felt so good. I’m 32 years old and this is the first time I have my Christmas with my family. I spent some time but I never really had free time, total free time like I did. It was time for me to do it. I’m very happy I did it and I don’t regret any of it. So Christmas was incredible and now for 2014 we’ll see what’s going to happen. I have some projects in mind. I can’t talk about it, unfortunately. I needed to take a step out of it and now let’s see what’s going to happen.”

In Georges’ absence, Johny Hendricks (who many thought won his bout with St. Pierre) is set to face off against Robbie Lawler for the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 171, set to take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The event is scheduled for March 15, 2014.

With his side projects and obvious happiness, it may be a long time before we see Georges return to his former glory. If we ever do.

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