Georges St-Pierre officially retires from MMA

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MONTREAL – Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has officially retired from MMA.

St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, today held a press conference in Montreal to announce his decision to walk away from the sport for good.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion,” St-Pierre stated. “It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life, but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health.

“I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217.

“I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live, and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

Although he has competed just once since November 2013, St-Pierre has never considered himself a retired athlete. After vacating the 170-pound title following a defense against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167, he would take a nearly four-year hiatus from the octagon.

“Rush,” who owns numerous UFC records including most strikes landed, most takedowns landed and most championship-fight victories, made his highly anticipated comeback at UFC 217 in November 2017, moving up from his longtime home of welterweight to challenge then-champ Michael Bisping for the middleweight belt. He would be successful, becoming one of just six fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes.

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