Georges St-Pierre Retires
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition earlier today.
GSP made the announcement during a press-conference then took to social media with this official statement: “Today, I am announcing my retirement from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and mixed martial arts competition. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live, but now is the time that I chose to end my career as a professional MMA athlete.
I’ve always planned to leave the sport on my own terms and timing. It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life. I believe that the best way to pass the test of times is to remain ahead of it.”
After thanking his family, fans, team, training partners, the UFC organization, sponsors, business partners, agents, managers, collaborators, and opponents, GSP ended his statement by saying: “I retire from competition with great pride at having had an impact on my sport. From the start, I wanted to develop and raise the standard of professional conduct, preparation and performance in MMA. I also brought awareness and change to the serious issue of performance enhancing drugs in the sport and will continue to encourage initiatives aimed at improving all aspects of MMA.
I will forever be a fan and an advocate of how martial arts play a positive role for both individual and society. I now look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry the sport into the future!”
St-Pierre retires with an MMA record of 26-2.