Georges St-Pierre Plans to Stay Retired, Following Call Out From Kamaru Usman
By FCF Staff
After Usman worked his way to a decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 earlier this month, the champion relayed he’d be interested in fighting St-Pierre. But, while speaking to TMZ since then, St-Pierre confirmed he’s not thinking about ending his retirement (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“For me, it’s very complimentary because for a fighter the goal is to work—And not only for a fighter, but the goal is to do as less work possible to gain the most money,” St-Pierre said. “They know that a fight with me will give them a lot of money and plus if they win they can have the legacy that comes with it. But for my part it’s a mixed feeling. For sure, sometimes I’m watching the fight and I’m like, ‘Man, I think I can beat these guys.’ Or after when I’m done training I feel like I’m very confident. But then after I go home at night and I’m thinking about all that crazy thoughts I’m like, I’m gonna be 40 years old soon.
“Do I really want to go back into a hardcore training camp, two months, put myself in jail so to speak and getting ready for hell? And I’m like, no I don’t. I’ve done it for a very long time and unfortunately in my sport there’s too many guys that retired too late and I do not want to be one of these guys. I’m very fortunate. I’m healthy, most importantly, and I’m also wealthy. I came at the right time, the right timing, I made a lot of money, and I think when I measured and calculated the pros and cons it’s better that I stay retired.”
The 39-year-old St-Pierre eventually decided to retire after winning the UFC’s middleweight title in 2017, by choking out Michael Bisping. The former welterweight and middleweight champ went 26-2 during his hall of fame career.