Rumors were circling prior to UFC 167: St-Pierre Vs Hendricks that current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was considering stepping away from the sport, but no one had any idea he would be this vague about it. GSP fought Johny Hendricks to a controversial decision, and when the bout was over GSP said he needed some time away from the sport. GSP’s head trainer and head coach at Tristar Gym Firas Zahabi said in a recent interview that GSP is 50-50 on whether or not he will take another fight.
“I don’t know. It’s 50/50 and I don’t think he knows either. I think if he ends it this way, it was good. He ended up with Fight of the Night. An incredible seesaw battle. He showed heart, he showed guts, he showed he’s a fighter.”
“He has 22 fights in the UFC, alone. That’s a lot of training camps. That’s a lot of years of sacrifice. He can’t go out. He can’t do this. He can’t have a wife and kids. He can’t have a steady girlfriend. He can’t have anything normal in his life. He’s living a very unbalanced life. How long does he want to do that for? He’s 32. When is he going to start living his life? At 40? It’s a hard decision for him to make and he’s got a lot of things going on in his life. He has to decide what he wants to do. Nobody can decide for him.”
“I tell him, it’s about motivation. Do you have the motivation to do this again? If yes, and you want to put your life on the back burner and do another camp, lets do it. If you don’t have the motivation to do it, don’t do it. You’re just going to go out there and get hurt. You’re going to cut corners and be miserable and you’re going to go out there and you’re going to get hurt.”
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