GSP Leaves USADA Pool, Gives UFC Retirement Notice
Georges St-Pierre has officially retired, as the former welterweight and middleweight champion has handed in his notice to the UFC.
St-Pierre, who announced he was walking away from MMA last week in Montreal, handed in a written notice to UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Formally retiring the way St-Pierre did is in regards to the UFC’s anti-doping policy, allowing GSP to remove himself from the USADA drug-testing pool.
“He is out [of the pool],” Novitzky said. “He gave me written notice he’s retired and out of the USADA registered testing pool (RTP). If he were to ever return, he’d have to be back in for six months before competing.”
The 37-year old St-Pierre has only fought once since defeating Johny Hendricks in 2013, when he would win the UFC welterweight title at UFC 217 against Michael Bisping.
“I don’t know where I will be, mentally, the state of mind, in my life, in a few months,” St-Pierre said during his retirement announcement last week. “I don’t know. For me, it’s retirement now. I don’t want those other guys to call me out, because I’m out. If something happens and Dana calls me back with something interesting, we’ll see. Like a movie scenario, ‘Oh! He’s coming back!’ We’ll see, but right now I’m not thinking about it.”
Quote via MMA Fighting