MMAartMartial.com |According to rumors, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was contemplating retirement heading into his title fight against Johny Hendricks, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when GSP announced he’d be walking away from MMA following his controversial decision victory against “Bigg Rigg.”
The two mixed martial arts veterans headlined the UFC 167 fight card on Nov. 16, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
This isn’t the first time GSP has hinted at retirement, but things seem a bit more serious this time around. Even a potential super-fight against MMA GOAT Anderson Silva might not be enough to bring St. Pierre back inside the Octagon.
“Motivation is the most important thing,” GSP’s head trainer Firas Zahabi explained during an appearance on TVA Sports. “When you do not have it, you have nothing. Georges is motivated for this camp. He trains well. We need to train and train all day long, it is not easy, it’s really something. It takes a special mind to do the ultimate fighting.”
Georges has taken a lot more punishment than usual since returning from a serious ACL injury that left him sidelined for a year and a half, so it’s not that surprising he’s seriously contemplating his next move. He’s made a lot of money, and he has other options besides fighting inside the cage.
Hendricks gave Georges St. Pierre his toughest test in quite some time at UFC 167, and that probably made the Canadian’s decision to walk away from fighting a little easier.