The time since former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has spent since relinquishing his title in the hopes of a more normal and stress-free life has been marred with rumors about what made him step away and what his next move is.
According to recent images of St-Pierre, he is staying in good shape however as the 32-year-old Canadian is apparently enjoying his retired life.
MMAJunkie Radio recently spoke to his longtime trainer Firas Zahabi about the anatomy of a GSP training camp and the sustainability of such stressors on the body, “I’ve been a part of thousands of training camps; Georges St-Pierre camps are the most extreme,” Zahabi said. “I think he went too far, too long, and mentally, it’s not feasible. You go home, you get ready for the next workout, and then it’s back to the gym the next day. There’s no balance in your life, and it’s going to weigh on you mentally. It’s a never-ending life of discipline and rushing. There’s no time to enjoy life in his lifestyle.
St-Pierre last fought at UFC 167 where he defended his title in a highly controversial decision win over Johny Hendricks. Immeditaely following the fight, St-Pierre spoke to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan and provided the viewers with a cryptic message about the future of his career.
He would be featured in a UFC hosted conference call to officially announce an indefinite hiatus from the sport as well as his stepping down as UFC welterweight champion, a title he has held two times in the past seven years with his latest reign lasting just under six.
“I think what Georges did was right,” he said. “He lives a life of extremes, but you can only do it for a period of time. Nobody’s ever taken it to that extreme. It’s a question of will; you can’t force that on somebody. Georges did it for too long, and he needs a mental break.
St-Pierre also spoke to CBS News to explain that he suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which actually helps him become a better martial artist as he perfects each aspect of his game. “This same obsession I had about my work, my job, to make me better, it was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break.”
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