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GSP Admits to Not Having Drive to Finish Fights

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From the producers of ‘Bowling for Columbine’, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘Generation Iron’ comes ‘The Hurt Business‘ a documentary examining the rise of mixed martial arts through fighter’s eyes, including Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Jon Jones.

In the latest clip release, the welterweight G.O.A.T. was asked why he decided to retire? The fighter said initially that he need a break from the pressure of being the best. He later came out strongly and said he would not return until stringent PED testing was in place.

GSP hasn’t fought since 2013, and in the ensuing years, the pressure presumably lessened. And the UFC has instituted what may be the best drug testing in sports.

But the fighter revealed that the real reason he needed a break was that he no longer had the desire to hurt his opponent. And that’s no good.


“Critics said I was fighting more to win instead of finishing the fight and it’s true,” said St-Pierre, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “Toward the end, I didn’t have the same anger, I didn’t have the same drive to hurt the guy and to finish it. And it’s a fact. I tried to get it back, but it is very hard and I think the best way to get it back for me is step out, because it’s more an emotion thing.”

“I was fighting more for winning instead of for going through the guy. I needed to step out to let my hunger go up.”

St-Pierre, 35, is currently planning a comeback at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, if he can come to terms with UFC management, now working with the newWME-IMG owners.

Directed by Vlad Yudin (Generation Iron), produced by Jim Czarnecki (Bigger Stronger Faster, Vice News) and narrated by multiple Academy Awards winner Kevin Costner, The Hurt Business is set to be released in theaters this fall.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.