GSP’s Mentor: ‘If He Decides To Return, For Any Reason, I Will Not Be In His Corner’
Long-time mentor and friend, Canadian MMA pioneer Kristof Midoux believes it’s time for GSP to retire.
After being with the Canadian superstar since he was only 16 years of age, Kristof believes that St-Pierre has nothing left to prove, and retirement (at least for a few years) would be in his best interests.
Last Saturday night, we all watched as GSP barely squeaked out a win against “Bigg Rigg” Johny Hendricks, while taking a lot of damage in the process. And – in what could have been a somewhat rash decision based on his current mental condition – GSP decided to make some fairly ambiguous remarks about possibly retiring… or possibly taking a break, anyway. This drew the ire of UFC President Dana White, who was quick to remind St-Pierre that as champion he can retire, but he won’t be sitting around waiting for GSP to come back from any introspective pilgrimages to clear his head.
Since then, Midoux has spoken to multiple French Canadian press outlets, saying he believes it’s time for the champ to hang up his 4 ounce gloves while still on top, going down as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
And if he doesn’t?
Well, Midoux says that it’s obviously up to the champ, but that he will no longer corner him, if that would be his decision.
Midoux did say, however, that if GSP were to at least take a couple years off from the sport, he could come back reinvigorated (and still somewhat young, at 34 years of age), fight whomever had the belt at that time, and Midoux would give him his full support.
Midoux’s quotes below come by way of Google Translate and the links provided.
“He had given so much during the fight, he was a little upset and he did not know what he said, “explained Midoux. “This is why people do not really understand.”
“He expected to take a break, time to rest, but he still wanted to fight. The final decision will be him.”
“I think Georges will abandon his belt and there will be a world championship without him. The decision is up to him and I expect him to come back from vacation to sit and talk with him.”
“But he is aware that he needs to rest. It must leave room for other things in his heart.”
“If he decides to return, for any reason, I will not be in his corner. I do not want to see him suffer more, having accomplished what all dream to accomplish.”
“He has another life that awaits. I think he has many other things to do, instead of trying to find out who is the strongest in the world, because he has proved that it was him. ”
“I do not see any fighter right now who deserves to fight against him. I would be the first to tell him he can not withdraw because there is such and such person he must beat before doing so. Let them all fight for a good year to see who emerges from the crowd.”
“If someone keeps the belt for two years, then, perhaps, I would stay in his camp. He would still be young at 34, and then, he would be completely regenerated. ”
In another interview, Midoux takes issue with Dana White’s reaction to GSP’s announcement about taking some time off, and says that White actually recanted his comments the following day:
“George was a little disturbed,” said Midoux. “But the difference between him and me is that he is really nice, even when you have to be nasty.”
“What was said and done by Dana White was not correct. It confuses some roles. White enters the octagon to put on the belt. Georges goes there to fight as if his life depended on it. Georges is a lion that has respect, and White is a buffoon without respect.”
“Few people know it, but the next morning he (White) called George and told him ‘I’m sorry, I watched the fight again and you have indeed won. I spoke under the influence of emotion.’”
“George told him he did not worry, he understood. He owes nothing to anyone, he fought all his life.”
“If I were [GSP], I would ask for a public apology from White, who should say to the media that George has really won the fight.”
“Second, I would tell him to send people to test whether Hendricks is natural or not. At this point, it would show me that he is a good boss and he does things as they should be done.”
“[GSP] looked me in the eye, and asked if he had won. I told him I would have been the first to tell him if I thought he had lost.”
“If he had really lost, and the judges gave him a false victory, I would have told him to take the belt and put it back to Hendricks. We have never accepted a victory that was actually a defeat.”
“It was a very hard fight. I told Georges you won, but you got hit a lot. he was damaged. He was at the end of his strength, but he won that fight.”