Earlier today (Wed. February 20, 2019) it was reported that ex-UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre is expected to announce his retirement. The decision comes after failed negotiations between “GSP” and the UFC to book a fight between the Canadian legend and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The news has certainly taken the mixed martial arts (MMA) community by a bit of surprise.
St-Pierre signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC in 2016. The only fight on that deal that he participated in was against Michael Bisping. “Rush” submitted “The Count” in the third round of their UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner to win the middleweight title. However, St-Pierre later vacated the belt due to health issues and hasn’t fought since.
At this point in his career, legacy is the most important thing to the 37-year-old. After failing to make a fight that would’ve added to an already legendary legacy, St-Pierre has apparently decided to hang up his gloves. Current UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, reacted to the news on social media.
“T-Wood” commented on an Instagram post from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Woodley said, “Just had a vision of calling him out after my next fight @arielhelwani. Congrats to one of the Greatest!” He followed that up by saying he’d love to cross paths with St-Pierre in the gym one day:
“@georgesstpierre since we will never cross paths in the octagon would love to do so in the gym! Would be an honor. You have had the best run of any fighter to grace the caged canvas!”
What do you think about Woodley wanting to cross paths with St-Pierre in the gym?
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Georges St-Pierre will officially announce his retirement from MMA tomorrow morning at a press conference in Montreal, multiple sources told ESPN. GSP had hoped to secure a super-fight w/ Khabib. Once that didn’t materialize, he decided it was time to walk away. I spoke to GSP today He didn’t want to go into too much details. I asked about @khabib_nurmagomedov‘s offer to stick around and he said: “I saw what Khabib wrote, and I appreciate it very much. Unfortunately, these decisions aren’t up to us. I will address everything at the press conference tomorrow.”