GSP’s Mentor Told Him To Retire in the Cage Saturday Night
“I told him, ‘After this one, it’s over! Shine on that night. Finish that dude in front of everyone. Shut your detractors up. If you finish that guy, if you knock him out, then you’ll be free, you’ll be happy to take the microphone and to say that you’re done. To say that you are giving your place to others,’” Kristof Midoux said, recounting the advice he gave to his protégé UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Kristof Midoux, one of the first Canadian MMA fighters and long-time mentor of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, has told St-Pierre to retire this Saturday after he fights Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Midoux recounted the conversation he had with GSP in a recent interview with La Presse.
“Me, I told him, ‘After this one, it’s over! Shine on that night. Finish that dude in front of everyone. Shut your detractors up. If you finish that guy, if you knock him out, then you’ll be free, you’ll be happy to take the microphone and to say that you’re done. To say that you are giving your place to others.’
“I told him, ‘Finish well, Georges, and have the courage to take the microphone and to thank everyone.’ Those who won’t understand are those who have nothing to understand. They’re selfish. It’s time for him to think about himself. It’s the greatest gift he can give to himself. He could take advantage of what life has to offer and start a family.”
When asked if there’s a chance St-Pierre may actually take Midoux’s advice, Midoux said yes.
“Personally,” he explained, “I’d love for it to happen like that. I’d really like for him not to make the same mistake that so many fighters have made. I wouldn’t want him to go on until he’s 35 years old. He has plans.
“I told him to be selfish. It’s not true that you can have a family and children and remain at the highest level of the sport. He took my advice. If Georges really wants to start a family, he’ll have to do it after his career. At 32 years old, the time is right for him to do that. People want to see him in the cage until he’s 40, but at 40, he’ll be a has-been with no wife and no kids.”
At 32, St-Pierre has plans that go beyond having a family. He wants to open his own martial arts school, something Midoux said they plan to discuss after this weekend’s fight.
Midoux also said that another reason to retire this Saturday is to open his title to friend and teammate Rory MacDonald.
“Rory has the ability to become a champion,” Midoux said. “Rory will never want to fight Georges because they’re friends. So I told Georges, ‘Out of respect, don’t keep that guy from climbing the ranks. You’ve had your career. Shake his hand on Saturday evening and yield your place to him. You don’t need this… life. Pass the torch to the next generation. Help Rory become a champion to show that Canadians dominate this weight class.’ It would be intelligent. It would be generous, and Georges is generous.”
Whether any of this comes to fruition remains to be seen. Indeed, St-Pierre has had a long reign at the top of the UFC’s welterweight division, but with a lot of new welterweight talent coming into the UFC from Strikeforce and other places, a lot of fans will surely want to see GSP stick around to face the rising tide of new fighters.