Speaking shortly after he officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts at a Thursday morning press conference in Montreal, Georges St-Pierre opened up on the proudest moment of his career.
His answer will likely to be surprising to some fans.
Mid-way through his otherwise dominant 2012 defeat of Carlos Condit, he was dropped and badly hurt by a beautifully timed head kick. He says his recovery from this kick is one of his greatest sources of pride, because it shows he can survive adversity.
“”It shows I have the guts to survive an obstacle, to overcome it,” GSP said of this rare moment of adversity.
Georges St-Pierre added in French that he also takes pride in the way he dealt with his most famous loss: a shocking, upset defeat courtesy of Matt Serra.
He says this loss tore a gaping hole in his ego, and that rebounding psychologically was more difficult than recovering physically.
GSP ends his career with a 26-2 overall record, and a reputation as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
He last fought in November of 2017, in the main event of UFC 217. On that night, he returned to the cage after a prolonged absence, defeating Michael Bisping to claim the UFC middleweight belt. St-Pierre vacated the middleweight title shortly thereafter.
His next most recent fight occurred all the way back in November of 2013, when he defended his well-guarded UFC welterweight belt with a split decision win over Johny Hendricks.
Over the course of his legendary career, Georges St-Pierre has bested stars like Michael Bisping, Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck (twice), Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, BJ Penn (twice), Jon Fitch, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes (twice), Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, Jay Hieron and Karo Parisyan.
“There’s no tears. I’m very happy to do it,” he said in the English portion of his retirement message. “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.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/21/2019.