Georges St-Pierre: I’m very happy to do it
Canadian Mixed Martial Arts legend Georges St-Pierre (26-2) calls it a day. “Rush” formally announced his retirement from MMA fighting at the press conference held Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday (Feb. 22 AEDT).
“It takes a lot of discipline to retire on top,” said 37-year-old Georges St Pierrre. “It was a long process in my mind. I wanted to retire on my own and not be told to retire.”
Over the course of his career GSP won UFC titles in two different weight classes, welterweight and middleweight. Three times he earned welterweight crown, as well as became the middleweight champion in his most recent outing in 2017 when he submitted the former champion Michael Bisping in the third round.
The resume of St-Pierre includes the victories against Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, D.J. Penn, among other top mixed martial artist.
“Fighting is what I love to do in my life, but it’s not my life. It’s a little part of my life and I’m going to fill it up with other things.”
“There are no tears. I’m very happy to do it,” he said.
I’m announcing my retirement from the UFC and mixed martial arts competition. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live, but now is the time that I chose to end my career as a professional MMA athlete. Read my official statement in the images. pic.twitter.com/uMP0LE5XeF
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) February 21, 2019