Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre recently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
“There’s no tears. I’m very happy to do it,” St-Pierre said in the English portion of his retirement message in Montreal. “In combat sports you should retire on top, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m happy I have the discipline to do it.”
While George St-Pierre has ended his fighting career, his friend and training partner Rory MacDonald says he is still training with great intensity.
“He’s [St-Pierre] still training, he’s still improving. He’s living life, he’s good, but he’s doing all the same hard training,” the Tristar staple told TSN (via Bloody Elbow). Like, I’m training hard for a fight and I’ll show up at the track to do sprints, and he shows up half an hour later to do his work. So it’s like, the guy doesn’t slow down. He’s programmed for physical improvement. He’s still gaining. Even though he’s got no competition to look forward to, he’s working hard.”
Shortly after his retirement announcement, Georges St-Pierre exited the USADA testing pool, effectively putting an end to his UFC career. That being said, it certainly seem possible he fights again in the future — whether its in the UFC’s Octagon or elsewhere.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/28/2019.