In the days since he officially announced his retirement on Thursday morning, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre has been praised by dozens of his fellow fighters. It’s arguable that none of them have summed up his incredible career better than former UFC bantamweight champ Miesha Tate.
“He’s one of my all-time favorites,” Miesha Tate said of GSP on SiriusXM. “He’s just a legendary guy. I always admired him because I think that he’s so close to perfect in a fighting sense. People don’t realize how difficult it is to be flawless in a fight, how difficult it is to not make mistakes. I think that Georges St-Pierre is the closest to perfect in a fight that I’ve ever witnessed.
“He takes the perfect, calculated risk,” she continued. “He always makes the best decisions. He didn’t grow up wrestling, he wasn’t a college-level wrestler, but his success of wrestling just goes to show how disciplined he is when he fights. He does not stray from the game plan, and I always admired that, because I found it very difficult, for myself, to do that. Sometimes you get emotional, sometimes you get exhausted — it doesn’t matter. There’s curve balls. I think that’s what’s exciting about being a fighter. You don’t know what you’re going to get when you get in there exactly, but it seems like Georges St-Pierre always had it figured out.”
Like Georges St-Pierre, Miesha Tate is also retired from fighting. That being said, she is staying plenty busy, having recently signed on as an executive with Asian martial arts powerhouse ONE Championship.
What do you think of her comments on GSP?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/24/2019.