Georges St-Pierre is in retirement, but fans still want to see him fight again.
In 2019, the former Canadian champion walked away from the sport. “GSP’s” decision to retire came after failed negotiations between St-Pierre and the UFC for a fight that would see him compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion believes stress may have played a factor in his diagnosis, a ulcerative colitis in 2017.
Georges St-Pierre Addresses Whether He Misses Fighting
In an interview with UFC.com, St-Pierre made it clear that he doesn’t miss fighting at all.
“I never liked to fight, and I’m not lying when I say it,” St-Pierre said. “I never enjoyed my time in the Octagon, never a second. I did it because I loved to win, I loved the benefits of it, and I loved the freedom. Back then, I was young, there was the money, the girls, the fame, the access to things nobody had. It was the freedom, that’s why I did it. I never did it because I loved to compete and fight. I hated it to the highest level. It’s so stressful that it was unbearable for me. However, I loved the rewards. The greater the risk, the bigger the reward, and that’s why I did it, and I was very good at it and I took advantage of it. Now, I miss the rewards, I miss the feeling of winning. But I don’t miss the feeling of fighting, not even a second.”
“In my early fights, before the fight I would go to eat with my friend David Loiseau, and I was crying,” he said. “‘This is my last one, I promise, I’m not made for this. I hate this stressful life.’” And he was saying the same thing. Then after the fight, we’d look at each other when we won and were like, ‘Yeahhhh, when is the next one? We love it.’ (Laughs) How crazy is this? It’s a very weird thing and I can’t really explain it. I love it, but I hate it at the same time. It’s a crazy lifestyle. The outcome could be so negative for your well-being, but the rewards of it are so great. It’s a crazy gamble. It’s like going all-in every time. I love training, I love the lifestyle, I love everything about it, but the night of the fight, it’s very stressful and I don’t miss that.”