UFC 167 could potentially be the last time we see George St. Pierre compete inside the Octagon. The thirty-two year old Canadian mixed martial arts legend has not been defeated since being upset by Matt Serra in 2007. He has dominated every single opponent the UFC has put in front of him for the past six years.
In a recent interview with the Canadian news outlet La Presse, GSP’s trainer Kristof Midoux said the champ should retire if he beats Johny Hendricks on November 16th.
“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.'”
It’s hard to disagree with Midoux. There is little left that GSP can accomplish in the sport. He holds wins over many notable MMA fighters such as: Karo Parisyan, Jason Miller, Frank Trigg, Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, and most recently Nick Diaz. He was named Canadian Athlete of the Year for three years in a row in 2008, 2009, and 2010 by Rogers Sportsnet, and achieving a victory over Johny Hendricks would mark his nineteenth UFC victory; that would give him the most UFC wins of any fighter in the organization’s entire history, even more than Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes.
An additional reason for the champ to call it quits would be to pass the Canadian welterweight torch to his teammate Rory MacDonald. The twenty-four year old MacDonald has a current UFC record of 6-1, only losing to Carlos Condit. He holds wins over notable UFC fighters Nate Diaz and B.J. Penn. Many regard him to be the next big thing in the welterweight division, and GSP has even said himself that MacDonald will one day be a world champion.