On Thursday, former UFC welterweight and Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre officially announced his retirement in a dual-lingual press conference from Montreal’s Bell Centre.
There’s no tears. I’m very happy to do it,” St-Pierre said to reporters in English. “It was a long process in my mind, but it’s time to do it. I always said I want to retire on my own, and not to be told to retire. It takes discipline to retire on top.”
Both St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov were looking to sign a “legacy” fight before GSP walked away, but the timing was not right for both the fighters and the UFC.
“It takes three people to make a fight. The two fighters and the organization,” he said. “It just didn’t happen. I wish Khabib the best of luck. I’m a big fan and I think he’s the best fighter right now.”
The 37-year old St-Pierre will walk away from MMA with a 26-2 record spread out over 17 years, including 12 straight UFC title fights, including his 2017 final fight defeating Michael Bisping in 2017.