Following his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre shocked the world when he announced his semi-retirement during a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. The champ cited personal issues as his reason for wanting to hang up the gloves, but he chose not to specify what those personal issues were. Since then, slews of wild speculations have come and gone regarding what those personal issues could possibly be, and GSP hasn’t confirmed any of them. Therefore, it still remains a mystery whether the Canadian superstar will return to the octagon.
St-Pierre’s close friend and trainer, Firas Zahabi, has recently said that he’s not even sure what the champ is going to decide.
Here is an excerpt of Zahabi’s own words from Fighters.com:
“I don’t know. It’s 50/50 and I don’t think he knows either. I think if he ends it this way, it was good. He ended up with Fight of the Night. An incredible seesaw battle. He showed heart, he showed guts, he showed he’s a fighter.”
“He has 22 fights in the UFC, alone. That’s a lot of training camps. That’s a lot of years of sacrifice. He can’t go out. He can’t do this. He can’t have a wife and kids. He can’t have a steady girlfriend. He can’t have anything normal in his life. He’s living a very unbalanced life. How long does he want to do that for? He’s 32. When is he going to start living his life? At 40? It’s a hard decision for him to make and he’s got a lot of things going on in his life. He has to decide what he wants to do. Nobody can decide for him.”
Agree or disagree with him, Zahabi does bring up a valid argument. GSP has been the welterweight champ since defeating Matt Serra in 2008. He was also the titleholder once before that when he beat Matt Hughes in 2006. Having the belt for such a long time can be physically and mentally exhausting. If he isn’t motivated to compete anymore and there are other things he wants to accomplish in his life, then that’s a choice that only he can make.