GSP's Mentor Told Him To Retire After UFC 167

Posted on November 12, 2013, 03:26 PM by Buster Evans
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Not too long ago Georges St-Pierre’s fighting future was a hot topic in the MMA media.

This came after St-Pierre’s best friend and coach, Firas Zahabi, said that ‘Rush’ should retire if his motivation to continue fighting wasn’t there. Zahabi later stated that his words were nothing new and he had said that all along, that still never stopped GSP from being continually asked about his MMA future. But the talk eventually died down.

Well we may now see the same topic arise. This comes after St-Pierre’s mentor and former training partner Kristof Midoux said in an interview, with French outlet La Presse, that the time has come for the star to move on and start a family. This is what the veteran fighter had to say. (Translated by MixedMartialArts.com).

“Me, I told him ‘after this one, it’s over! Shine on that night. Finish that dude in front of everyone. Shut your detractors up. If you finish that guy, if you knock him out, then you’ll be free, you’ll be happy to take the microphone and to say that you’re done. To say that you are giving your place to others,”

“I told him ‘finish well, Georges, and have the courage to take the microphone and to thank everyone.’ Those who won’t understand are those who have nothing to understand. They’re selfish. It’s time for him to think about himself. It’s the greatest gift he can give to himself. He could take advantage of what life has to offer and start a family.”

“I told him to be selfish. It’s not true that you can have a family and children and remain at the highest level of the sport. He took my advice. If Georges really wants to start a family, he’ll have to do it after his career. At 32 years old, the time is right for him to do that. People want to see him in the cage until he’s 40, but at 40, he’ll be a has-been with no wife and no kids.”

Strong words from the onetime UFC fighter, Midoux also said if St-Pierre did retire it would give his fellow team mate Rory MacDonald a chance to “climb the ranks”. If GSP does beat Johny Hendricks to go on to retire, he will no doubt go down as the greatest welterweight in UFC history to date and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time.

We will have to wait and see what St-Pierre’s future holds but UFC 167 could end up being remembered for more than just the UFC’s twentieth anniversary.


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  • MagicMMA
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    I think that if GSP beats Hendricks, especially if he finishes him, (which I think is likely if it gets past the third round), then he will have nothing left to prove. Who else can he fight? He already beat Condit, Maia lost his last fight, and I really don't think Lawler and Brown are championship material. If he wins and decides to hang them up, I support it.

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  • DeeJaySlyTee
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    GSP is not finishing Hendricks.. Hendricks is finishing GSP. Period.

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    I will wager DeeJaySlyTee that GSP will win. Loser has to go on the public wall and publicly proclaim the other's great fight prognostic abilities.

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  • falcon4917
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    What do you think Michael about his coach telling him that? I have to say it is about the soundest advice I have ever heard from a guy making money off of a persons career. Thats a friend speaking in my opinion.

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  • odesahitman
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    :)

    Michael, it sounds like you're saying that someone with poor prognosis abilities should make a prognosis on the prognosis of someone else.

    Wouldn't a good prognosis be a bad prognosis from such a person?

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  • DeeJaySlyTee
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    @Micheal Stephensen LOL! If GSP wins I will gladly post my best GSP impersonation "I am not a Chicken..."

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Such a tough question. Who has ever really retired on top?

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  • falcon4917
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    I don't know but even I don't want GSP to quit. I think though that everything said is correct and power to GSP whatever he chooses.

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  • odesahitman
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    Lennox Lewis, Rocky Marciano and of course, Nat King Cole.

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  • AndrĂ© Amorim
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    Calm down, GSP does not need to prove anything, but before he retires, he could make a fight with Spider, would be amazing!

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    I think that losing to Hendricks would be the best thing that could happen for GSP.

    I'd like to see him re-invigorated and work his way up through a few fights to get a crack at Hendricks again. It'd be nice to see the GSP of old again.

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  • MagicMMA
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    Regardless of wether he does it after this fight or not, I don't want him to retire washed up, with multiple back to back loses like we have seen happen to so many legends. I'd like him to go out on a high note, with his win streak

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  • falcon4917
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    Yeah, if he lost I think he would not retire.

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  • zzoooman
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    Well said.

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  • Entity
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    He's still young, and still winning. Why should he quit? He can still make plenty of money and have plenty of time to start a family. This is all bullshite to me. A guy like Dan Henderson"yes".
    Personally if I was that dominant, I would set the WW divisions wins so high, no-one ever tops it. I think there's more to it. Rory Mac....Robbie Lawler? and tougher comp coming.
    I hate to sound like this, but its crap to walk away now, he never even stepped out of his comfort zone once. He'll always be seen as the guy scared of Silva IMO. How about FINISHING some guys back to back before leaving and being remembered as the Mr.Humper McJabbin.

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  • zzoooman
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    The guy has accomplished everything there is to in this sport. Robbie Lawler is a good fighter, but has no chance against GSP. Rory Mcdonald isn't going to fight GSP.. that being said, perfect timing for GSP to retire after this win.

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  • jdnextchamp
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    He never stepped out of his comfort zone? Come on..

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  • falcon4917
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    He is still young and winning but I had my first kid when I was 23 and I am glad because I would not want to have kids at 40 or something where you are farther from being able to relate to your kids. I don't think its a problem just I want to have as much fun as I can with my kids rather than watching them.

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  • Brasil
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    Nice way to squeeze more cash from Dana...well played.

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  • jdnextchamp
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    I think he should retire after this fight if he wins it. He has cleaned the division a first time between UFC and UFC 65, he did it a second time from UFC 73 to UFC 129 and he will be done cleaning it three times (UFC 154 to 167) if he wins this weekend. He'll be rich, famous, healthy, still young enough to enjoy life and have kids. Plus, the Hall of fame is already waiting for him. Cannot wait for this weekend's fight!

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  • falcon4917
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    I would like to see him lose.lol but if I were him i would hang it up and spend that huge amount of money I made on things I enjoy while I am still young enough to do it. I have a feeling though that with GSP's work ethic he will likely try and relax in life but end up training for something he enjoys and end up going pro.

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  • adobostreak
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    You know you are a boring fighter when even your MENTOR wants you to finish a fight and shut up the ciritcs.

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