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GSP’s Mentor Told Him To Retire After UFC 167
Not too long ago Georges St-Pierre’s fighting future was a hot topic in the MMA media.
This came after St-Pierre’s best friend and coach, Firas Zahabi, said that ‘Rush’ should retire if his motivation to continue fighting wasn’t there. Zahabi later stated that his words were nothing new and he had said that all along, that still never stopped GSP from being continually asked about his MMA future. But the talk eventually died down.
Well we may now see the same topic arise. This comes after St-Pierre’s mentor and former training partner Kristof Midoux said in an interview, with French outlet La Presse, that the time has come for the star to move on and start a family. This is what the veteran fighter had to say. (Translated by MixedMartialArts.com).
“Me, I told him ‘after this one, it’s over! Shine on that night. Finish that dude in front of everyone. Shut your detractors up. If you finish that guy, if you knock him out, then you’ll be free, you’ll be happy to take the microphone and to say that you’re done. To say that you are giving your place to others,”
“I told him ‘finish well, Georges, and have the courage to take the microphone and to thank everyone.’ Those who won’t understand are those who have nothing to understand. They’re selfish. It’s time for him to think about himself. It’s the greatest gift he can give to himself. He could take advantage of what life has to offer and start a family.”
“I told him to be selfish. It’s not true that you can have a family and children and remain at the highest level of the sport. He took my advice. If Georges really wants to start a family, he’ll have to do it after his career. At 32 years old, the time is right for him to do that. People want to see him in the cage until he’s 40, but at 40, he’ll be a has-been with no wife and no kids.”
Strong words from the onetime UFC fighter, Midoux also said if St-Pierre did retire it would give his fellow team mate Rory MacDonald a chance to “climb the ranks”. If GSP does beat Johny Hendricks to go on to retire, he will no doubt go down as the greatest welterweight in UFC history to date and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time.
We will have to wait and see what St-Pierre’s future holds but UFC 167 could end up being remembered for more than just the UFC’s twentieth anniversary.