With No Fire In His Heart, GSP Is In No ‘Rush’ To...

With No Fire In His Heart, GSP Is In No ‘Rush’ To Come Back


Yesterday, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre hinted that he would have news, today, regarding his retirement and whether or not he was going to come back.

Tonight, on the most recent edition of Inside MMA (July 11, 2014), “Rush” made comment on the subject, however, he wasn’t definitive in his remarks.

St. Pierre stated that the sport had stopped being “fun” and that he had lost his “fire” for fighting. The nine time defending champion did, however, leave the door open to returning, stating that if he ever does get his passion back that he wouldn’t rule out an Octagon return. As it stands though, “Rush” is content with just “enjoying” his life.  

None of this is particularly revelatory, but in reading between the lines, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to envision St. Pierre as returning to the ring. He’s been gone from the sport since November of last year (2013) and, as he stated, he’s enjoying his life. As such, the 33-year-old millionaire might well have settled into the comfort of retirement.

Additionally, there are “Rush’s” concerns about performance enhancing drugs (PED) being rampant in the sport and the fact that he doesn’t want to come back until it’s been dealt with. Sadly,  the recent drug failures UFC fighters Chael Sonnen and Ali Bagautinov, appear to substantiate GSP’s claims of a PED problem in the senior circuit. On the subject, the Quebec native restated his belief that the “UFC needs to make more of an effort when it comes to drug testing.”

Of course, there is also the issue of his knees. Rush has had them both surgically repaired, with the second injury only just recently occurring. Taking that into consideration, it’s more than possible that “Rush” is no longer interested in taking the physical risks that come with competing at a world class level.  

In considering his remarks about losing his passion for fighting – his “fire” – and the fact that he’s got a ton of money, walked away with the belt, his health, and riding a 12 fight winning streak, it’s difficult to see how or why he’d ever be hungry enough he’d get his fire back. In a nutshell, he’s accomplished what fighters like Anderson Silva and BJ Penn failed to do, which was to exit the Octagon with their belts and legacies intact. To come back would be to put all of that at risk. 

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kevin Kevin

    Well…despite being French…he's alright in my books.

    True ambassador for the sport. I believe even Frank Mir's kid asked him who he should be like and he said, "GSP".

    Go remake some Van Dam classics

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

    Its way too early to speculate.. It hasn't even been a year yet since he left. GSP is a fighter. He's gonna get that itch and he'll be back within the next 12 months (or at least announce his comeback within that time) just wait…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

    Recent drug failures in proper order as the news was delivered to us: Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen and Ali Bagautinov.

    Just sayin…

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Yes, I know. I just went with the two biggest and most recent examples, and two examples that were not TRT, but rather other substances; EPO & HGH.

      That said, I'd have to say that if I was shocked about anything, it would be the fact that Belfort and Silva didn't also test positive for the same two substances. I find it hard to believe that Sonnen was on it and not Belfort and Silva.

      And I agree with "Rush," I don't think the UFC has taken this as seriously as they need to. I find it hard to believe that if a guy like Ali Bagautinov is doing this crap (EPO or anything else) that others, many others in the promotion, aren't doing it as well. Seriously, just how rampant is the problem?

      Love ya, buddy. Hope you are enjoying your summer on the farm.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

        If Belfort and Silva are/were on TRT there is probably no reason to take the other substances. At any rate, I'm with you. I think the problem is far more rampant than previously thought.

        Farm life is keeping me busy as always, but I wouldn't have it any other way. If you could send some of that cool northern air southward that would be a blessing to these old bones:)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HATEOCRACY HATEOCRACY

    I lost the fun of it, I need to find the fire again….that's exactly how I been feeling about the UFC.
    The Bones/Gus fight is not coming quick enough.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jmedno5891 jmedno5891

    So basically the info he teased us with yesterday was that he has no new info…fantastic. Thanks for the update gsp, that really cleared things up.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      That was my thought. He didn't say anything that he hasn't said before. I was expecting to hear – 'Yes, I'm coming back' or 'No, I'm retiring for good.'

      We all know he's lost his desire to fight. He told us that when he gave up the belt. All the "pressure" was getting to him. "Rush" didn't clarify anything, last night.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

        I think this was his way of saying I'm done for good. All his comments about retirement have been shy of committed. He doesn't feel comfortable just stating it so he pussyfooting around it. He is not coming back.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/NoPrideinUFC NoPrideinUFC

        I think even himself he doesnt know if he will come back at this point one things for sure though the training camp leading up to hendricks gsp clearly did not have the motivation to be the best anymore and it showed, he had lost his fire i think even before that fight we just couldnt notice because he was simply so much better than everyone else, if he ever comes back i think hes a smart enough person to know that he will be able to come back to the best of his abilities and if he doesnt than he will definitely without a doubt go down as the greatest welterweight of all time and even on his worse day he could survive some big big shots from the big rig shots that have put other contenders out cold on the matt nothing but respect for gsp class act i hope him and silva both come back a reclaim their championships i know its a long shot but how awesome would that be

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ivy Ivy

    I think GSP is afraid that fire not being there will lead to a losing skid in a stacked division.

    Of course, that fire was put out by Hendricks and I think he knows it, and senses his rematch would have been a reversal.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/michaelchimique michaelchimique

      that's utter bullshit. GSP isn't afraid of going on a losing streak. He hasn't had that "Fire" For a long time and still has been beating the competition. He's just taken more punishment which is expected because if you compete without that "Fire" it will lead to you getting hurt. it's not about losing because he still hasn't lost in years.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kris-tyahn Kris-tyahn

      Hendricks certainly did not put out that fire, GSP stated that it was right after the Condit fight, I think maybe all the trash talking Diaz did got to him and he wasn't having "fun" anymore. Before the Hendricks fight, weeks or even months, there were specualtions that GSP was going to retire after the Hendricks fight. So if there were rumors of him retiring, after the Hendricks fight, how could Hendricks have put it out, if he was already thinking it?!?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    GSP Is In No 'Rush' To Come Back…..Thats fine with me.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kickassfast kickassfast

    So by the time GSP feels like it's time to come back, will it already be too late? Which leads to a question I've always wondered. Some people say that, for example how Dominick Cruz has been out for two years or so, he was losing out on prime years? Sure they aren't getting younger but consider how they might be healing and preserving their bodies, preventing their careers from prematurely ending from brain damage and such. Sure boxing is definitely a young man's sport, but we know repeated blows to the head tend to make the curve of fighters younger in boxing. You see people like Bernard Hopkins and Floyd fight at older ages(mostly because of excellent defense), but in MMA you see far more older people fighting. In MMA most of the time it seems to depend on stamina and body condition more times than chin when it comes to the time for a fighter to retire, with some exception. So lets say someone like GSP and Dominator can preserve their stamina, then who knows how old they will be able to remain active, especially if they aren't taking any significant blows to the head during their hiatus'. Then again there are probably more juicers in MMA too.