Many in the MMA community do not believes Georges St. Pierre should have stepped away from the sport, but two of the brightest stars in the sport today, Ronda Rousey and Anderson Silva, respect and admire his decision to leave.
Rousey explained the stressors that accumulate while trying to stay on the top of one of the toughest sports in the world. “We’re not really doing 9-to-5 and sitting down in a cubicle,” she said. “If you fight for a living, you’re fighting for your life every time you go in there.”
“It’s a stressful situation, if you think about it. The worst thing that could happen in your day isn’t that someone will get your latte wrong or that you might get fired, it’s that you could get physically harmed – and not just that, but your pride could irrevocably harmed, as well,” Rousey said. “That’s a lot of stress to really face time and time again, and it’s so much that you really have to have a real love and desire for what you do.”
“You can’t really fight and put your life on the line for anyone other than yourself,” she added. “Every single time a new fight comes along, you need to ask yourself, ‘Do you still want that?’”
Silva, who aims to get his title back this month, said he has the utmost respect for the former champion.
“I think that everyone knows their right timing and the moment they’re living,” Silva said. “We’ve got to respect Georges St-Pierre for everything he’s done for the sport, and if he feels that it’s the correct time, we’ve got to respect him. Everyone knows their time and their moment that they’ve got to retire or take a step away, so we’ve got to respect him.”
Although Dana White and even St. Pierre himself have left the door open for a possible return, Rousey believes that due to all of the records he has broken, it is unnecessary, and St. Pierre should only come back if he has the desire.
“Georges had just passed the record for most time ever spent in the octagon. He just broke a record. No one else spent that much in the octagon as him ever before,” Rousey said. “Can you really blame him for really feeling like he was done? No one else had reached that point yet, so I don’t think it’s really reasonable to expect him to do more.”
“If he wanted to do more, that’s awesome. Break that record even more. But if he feels like he’s done, then fine, man, be done. Go rest. You deserve it. You don’t have to risk your life for anyone,” she added.
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