To the surprise to the MMA world, Georges St. Pierre has walked away from the sport on the top, and has relinquished his title.
After yesterday’s press conference, St. Pierre decided to answer some questions about his future to French-speaking journalists.
“I don’t want to say retirement, because it’s not retirement,” St. Pierre said. “I’d say it’s a break. I need a break to live a normal life. If I want to come back, one day if I feel like it, I will come back stronger.”
St. Pierre has been paying attention to the many fighters in recent times who have claimed retirement but eventually came back to competition. He is not planning on being a stereotype.
“One of the thing’s is that athletes announce retirement and come back,” he said. “I’m a man of my word. If I want to come back, I will.”
Although St. Pierre has been given flak for leaving the sport after a controversial victory against Johny Hendricks, the former champion said he was thinking about walking away even before the fight occurred.
“I made the decision even before the Hendricks fight. When Joe Rogan gave me the mic I was unsure if I should say it or not,” he said.
St. Pierre, in contradiction to many media members and fans, believes he legitimately won the fight against Hendricks.
“I was [at] 100 [percent] performance for the fight. Did I feel like I won the fight? The truth is I watched it over again, and my trainers said going into the fifth round, I needed to win the round to win the fight,” he said.
St. Pierre compares his fight against Hendricks to his fight against current UFC bantamweight Ivan Menjivar, and said “My first fight with Menjivar, it was controversial and I took the mic to say I was unsure if I won. [for the Hendricks fight], I’ll say I won rounds one, three and five. I think in round one, that was made the controversy. I think what made the difference for me [to win the round] was the guillotine. I put him in more danger than he put me. If I thought I lost the fight, trust me … I’m not someone who could live with that.”
St. Pierre went on to tell a story about the aftermath of the Hendricks fight.
“What happened November 16th after the fight, I was waiting for the doctors for a while. Finally, they arrived, fixed me up, took my shower and put a tie on. I approached someone who worked for the UFC and asked where the press conference was,” St. Pierre said. “She told me I didn’t have to go. I said, ‘No, there is controversy after my fight, I’d like to explain myself, and clear up things’. She said ‘No, it’s fine, you don’t have to go.’ I told her that I was going to go. I started to walk toward the press conference and she started yelling at me, saying ‘Georges, you’re not allowed to go … you’re not supposed to go.”
“I said, ‘Oh yeah?! I’m still going,'” St. Pierre added.
“Every one was white. Everyone was staring at me, surprised to see me. I did not know why. Then I thought, maybe something happened. I sit down, I do the press conference not knowing why, and afterward my friends told me a rumor was circulating that I had left in an ambulance,” St. Pierre continued. “Dana White said I left in an ambulance and that was not true. I was completely fine. Two days later, I was playing volleyball.”
Even with the alleged lies that White spread, St. Pierre said he still has the utmost respect for the UFC President.
“As for Dana White, I’m not upset at Dana. He’s a promoter, he’s someone that is extremely intelligent, and I am on very good terms with Dana,” St. Pierre said. “He does his work. What he wants is to make a fight that is in the best interests of the UFC. Unfortunately, I am breaking those plans because I need a break.”
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