Last December Georges St. Pierre stepped away from the sport of MMA and relinquished his crown as king of the UFC welterweight division.
A choice that he has yet to regret so it seems. He took some time with Yahoo Sports to discuss his reasoning for walking away from the sport and how he feels about watching Hendricks and Lawler battle it out for the title he never truly lost.
“This is my choice,” he told Yahoo Sports. “It is what I wanted, so I won’t feel badly at all.”
Spoken like a true champion.
Some slight controversy has arisen since his departure from the UFC and Zuffa organization. Most notably, his squabble with UFC president Dana White and the powers that be in the UFC about their “leniency” regarding PED (performance enhancing drugs). But that has been swept under the rug a bit as the Nevada State Athletic Commission along with California and Brazil have taken steps to ban TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). Something that Georges is very pleased with.
The real reason, aside from all the excuses that Georges has made, is seemingly very simple and understandable. The pressure of being champion was beginning to get to him.
“(Being champion) was just eating me alive,” said GSP. A feeling that no fighter should ever feel. And as the game continued to exhaust the former champion it seems that it was becoming more of an obsession than simply his job.
“When I have a fight, it completely takes over my brain and all of my thoughts,” he said. “I would completely obsess about every detail of that fight. It was crazy.
“I started to fight because I loved it… but the pressure of it was so intense, and it was no way to live my life.”
And as he prepares to watch two other men step into the Octagon to pursue what was and could still be considered rightfully his Georges has no ill will toward the fighters.
When asked his opinion about Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler Georges stuck with the last man he faced inside the cage in Johny Hendricks.
“They both have a lot of punching power and could knock you out,” St-Pierre said. “If Johny catches him right on the chin with a good one, he could knock him out. But if (Robbie) hits Johny right on the chin, it is the same result.
“If I was forced to pick it, I would take Johny to win. He has the wrestling and grappling ability…that will be the difference.”
There doesn’t seem to be any clear sign that GSP has any interest in entering the cage anytime soon. Although he does still train everyday. No surprise from the man who was basically a robot while training for his upcoming bouts.
However, Georges is honest with himself enough to admit that although his MMA career has opened countless doors for he and his family, especially financially, due to his obsessive nature he feels that it is healthiest for his to remain away from the direct spotlight of the MMA world.
“I just need to be off and away from it for now. I don’t need the pressure of a big fight coming up and thinking about it every minute, every second. Right now, I’m enjoying my life. Maybe it will change later, and I will want to be back, and I will say it if I do. But I like where I am now.”george st pierre, gsp, johny hendricks, robbie lawler