Almost two weeks ago, Tristar gym coach Firas Zahabi sent the MMA community abuzz saying that if GSP Georges St. Pierre lost his motivation to train after the Hendricks fight, he would likely retire. Many speculated that GSP was looking for a path to retirement, especially after news came out of his recent dispute with the UFC with GSP saying that he didn’t think the UFC management had his back. Recently, Zahabi retracted his statements and said they were being taken out of context.
Zahabi was quoted saying, “GSP has always said that if he loses the drive to really go through with a great training camp and push himself, then he will retire.”
GSP hasn’t lost a fight since 2007, and he has successfully defended his title eight times since winning it back from Matt Serra in 2008. If he wanted to retire, he certainly could do so. The only thing that could possibly tarnish his legacy would be that he hasn’t finished an opponent since a TKO corner stoppage victory over B.J. Penn in 2009. He has been criticized by many in the MMA community, including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell for not taking enough risks and playing it too safe.
If he defeats Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, that would be the 32 year-old French Canadian’s ninth successful title defense in a row.
“GSP has always said that if he loses the drive to really go through with a great training camp and push himself, then he will retire,” said Zahabi.
According to Zahabi, the last two training camps weren’t that great because GSP was recovering from a knee injury. He says that this training camp is going to be much better now that his knee has fully recovered.