Joe Rogan Believes Georges St. Pierre Should Retire


UFC Octagon announcer Joe Rogan was the first man to interview UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre after his hotly debated split decision win over Johny Hendricks in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 167. GSP told Rogan that he needed time off to focus on personal issues. He also appeared to be quite punch drunk from absorbing the vaunted power shots of Hendricks.

While it appeared that Rogan had definitely thought Hendricks had won as the decision was announced, focus soon shifted to the GSP’s next move. While it’s unclear if he will actually retire or just take an extended leave, Rogan appeared on the Opie & Anthony Show to discuss the fight and his feelings that St. Pierre should retire due to the head trauma he experienced against Hendricks:

“I think Georges should retire. I think it’s head kicks. That fight he had some serious memory loss (at UFC 167). I think he’s taken too many shots. An interesting statistic is that Georges has taken more punches and kicks in the last three fights than any of his fights, ever. In fact, 50% of the shots he’s taken his entire career were in the last three fights. I think he should get out. I know the UFC probably doesn’t want to hear me say that. I know that could be a huge rematch.”

“I think they should just give Johny Hendricks the belt. I think Johny Hendricks won that fight. I think there’s real problems with judging and I don’t think there should be a way for a guy to win a fight, but yet lose a fight.”

When Rogan lays it out like that, yes, there are some scary ramifications on the career of one of the greatest champions MMA has ever seen. Rogan makes an interesting point when he says that St. Pierre has absorbed more damage in his last three bouts than any other stretch.

And he’s right.

St. Pierre may have dominated Carlos Condit upon his return from ACL surgery but he was also nearly finished by a big headkick from Condit. He may have also beaten Nick Diaz in a one-sided affair at March’s UFC 158, but St Pierre did show some signs of damage on his face. And of course he was given the most thorough beating of his lengthy title reign against Hendricks.

The champ appeared out of it after UFC 167’s main event. Rogan is never one to mince words, and his stance on the current UFC Welterweight title picture is definitely not one that the UFC brass will subscribe to.

But all business aside, is it time for GSP to hang up the gloves? There’s not much left for him to accomplish other than gaining a more convincing win over Hendricks to silence the doubters.

That fight would without a doubt be one of the biggest bouts in UFC history. Many feel that it is needed to put the lingering controversy to rest. However, is it smart for St. Pierre to continue absorbing the damage that he’s undergone in recent years?

  • Don't think he could retire with all the respect he deserves after this fight. If he rematches Hendricks and wins convincingly, then he should retire, cleaned out the division and legacy intact. It's tough because if he loses, he will lose some of his legacy

    • Hendricks won that fight. No doubt about that. Judges got it deep in the Mafia's pockets!

    • D

      The reality is, if Hendricks was truly hitting him with 70% power in that fight, he will destroy him inside 2 rounds in a second fight. If Rogan is right about Georges taking to many shots, it could be a really bad KO. That won't be good for either his legacy, or his life after MMA.

      GSP is already the most dominant welterweight champion in UFC history. He is the second most dominant champion at any weight in UFC history. That is legacy enough. CTE is a real thing. What is a legacy you can't remember worth anyway?

  • in that interview his mentioned that 10-9 meaning problem I thought exacly the same!!!

  • I have respect Rogan, but for him to suggest that the UFC should strip GSP of the title and simply "give Johny Hendricks the belt", is ridiculous.

    Happy with it or not, the decision stands and the promotion would have no credibility IMO if they pulled a stunt like that; not that I believe they would.

    • I think it's the commission whose credibility is in question. But I see your point.

    • I think that would give the promotion waaaay more credibility if they pulled a "stunt" like that!? It was the crooked judges that were pulling the nutswinging stunt and they need to fall off GSP's balls. The most shocking decision ever in MMA history…

      • Dabs, that was not the most shocking decision in MMA history.

        Further, there]s a difference between saying the decision was bad and saying that the judges are crooked and subsequently, the fight rigged. I don't believe that for a second and there is no proof of it.

        Hendricks will get his rematch and if everyone is so worried about the Vegas judges, there's a very simply way of rectifying the problem and that is, simply stop putting fights on in Vegas. Amazingly, the problem immediately goes away.

        Put GSP / Hendricks II on in another state or Country and along with every other card the UFC puts on, and the problem is solved.

        That would be my solution, but then again, I watch the fights on PPV and could care less what city or building they're in; bothers me not.

        • I'm not saying it's true, but I remember feeling like the judges were fixed after seeing that horrid decision.

    • D

      He said GSP should retire. Retiring and being stripped of the belt are two completely different things.

      • Mousasi, … "I think they should just give Johny Hendricks the belt."

        If not stripping him of the belt, what would you call that?

        • D

          Well, if GSP retires, they would have to do something with the belt.

          This isn't rocket science. One comment preceded the other.

  • I think people should turn the mute on when watching the UFC so that people wont get swayed by joe ROGAN' s bias commentating.I think he is really good talking about techniques in the fights especially jiu jitsu but I think he is too bias!!!!!

  • "I think they should just give Johny Hendricks the belt. I think Johny Hendricks won that fight. I think there's real problems with judging and I don't think there should be a way for a guy to win a fight, but yet lose a fight."

    Thank you for keeping real, Joe. Georges Safe-Pierre should do the right thing by giving the belt to the UFC WW champ, Johny Hendricks.

  • Johnny Hendricks didn't do enough to convince the judges so thats all that matters. There are plenty of challengers in the welterweight division if GSp decides to stay.

    • People can say its time for GSP to retire but he holds the belt still and is not 47 years like Randy Couture…You could make the same argument for anderson silva who is older or chris leben, big nog, dan hendo and the list goes on and on

  • I agree with the damage. The decision is the decision. GSP gets respect from his entire career not over one fight. Bunch of blood hounds, he owes nothing.

  • I don't agree about the head trauma. Yea, it's serious to have memory loss but that's a concussion. Again, serious but We've all see worse and if everyone retired that experienced that we would be left with few fighters…EXP – Getting Knocked unconscious is probably worse than memory loss and Rogan is not asking those guys to retire,.

    I agree GSP has had 3 really tough fights and absorbed serious punishment. I think retirement will be based on his desire not 1 or 2 bad fights.

  • I think if you guys actually watched the full interview both with GSP on the rogan podcast and rogan on O & A you would hear that GSP has explained when he's driving home, there's spacing in time where he completely forgets and just appears home. Some people don't take head trauma serious enough. Maybe some people want to end up like Ali or Roy Jones but maybe GSP. Let him leave the sport if he desires, jeeeez