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Rory MacDonald: People Have No Idea the Kind of Pressure GSP is Under

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During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Rory MacDonald, a teammate of UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, shared his thoughts on the current state of the champ’s career.

Here is an excerpt of MacDonald’s interview via LowKick MMA:

“I don’t think he’s gone for good. But maybe he needs some time. People have no idea the kind of pressure it is to fight, and I have no idea what kind of pressure it to hold the belt for (six years). Before that he was headlining cards since he was younger than I am right now. That’s a lot of pressure. That’s a lot of interviews. That’s a lot of work, and the guy, he’s a machine. For someone to be able to do that, to carry a belt for that long, and to be a headliner for that long, it wears on you. He needs a break.”

Despite the fact that he looks like a BabyGap model, MacDonald makes a valid point. GSP has been the UFC Welterweight Champion since defeating Matt Serra in 2008, and that was his second time becoming the champ. He first obtained the UFC gold when he dethroned Matt Hughes back in 2006. Being world champion for that long can definitely languish you mentally.

As of right now, it’s unclear whether the longtime Canadian champ will actually retire.