Several weeks back Georges St. Pierre’s coach Firas Zahabi caused a gigantic stir, when he relayed the welterweight champ should retire after UFC 167, if his motivation to continue fighting wasn’t there. Although Zahabi clarified afterwards that he’s said that all along, St. Pierre began fielding ‘are you retiring’ questions as a result. Well, now another person who’s close to GSP has outright stated the champ should hang up the gloves, if he defeats Johny Hendricks Saturday night…
In a recent interview with the French outlet La Presse, St. Pierre’s mentor and former teammate Kristof Midoux argued that the time has come for the star to move on from fighting, and start a family. Here is some of what the veteran fighter reportedly had to say (as translated by Mixed Martial Arts.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,’” said Midoux.
“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.”
Midoux also said he thinks there’s a chance GSP could retire if he takes out Hendricks. He also apparently told the champion that doing so would allow his teammate and friend Rory MacDonald to climb “the ranks.”
So will any of this happen? Guess we’ll see. St. Pierre has dismissed retirement talk leading into the bout, but only “Rush” likely knows what his plans are at this point. Saturday is going to be a fascinating night.
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